25 December 2014

Merry Christmas

“And the angel said unto [the shepherds], 
Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings
 of great joy, which shall be to all people. 

For unto you is born this day in the city of
 David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord...

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth
 peace, good will toward men.”

Luke 2:10-11,14

As we head into the Christmas season eagerly awaiting the celebration of our Saviour's birth and the birth of our next little one, may Jesus’ peace and love touch each of you during this joyous season and throughout the new year to come! 
With Love- Shauna K & family

23 December 2014

Christmas Card Mock-Ups

Hey all!
I promise, I'm still here!! :) Wrangling a puppy and toddler while preparing to welcome our second child into the world has proven, well, time-consuming, hehe. I definitely haven't had much time to get in the craft room! Hoping that 2015 provides much more opportunities to get crafty!

As this year comes to a close, I wanted to share a few festive cards. These are all mock ups for an order put in by a friend of mine. Her request was "trees," "green with a touch of purple," and "happy holidays sentiment." These are just the first few I whipped up, and she ended up going with the last card! Love that Unity stamp :) I actually ended up using it on our family's cards this year! I'll share those hopefully tomorrow, along with my December Daily (from last year, eh hem, hehe) later in the week!

A very Merry Christmas, ya'll :)

01 October 2014

Creating a Holiday Planner in 31 Days

Hey all!
So I know it's been a little while since I've been on here- sorry! We just brought home a Chesapeake Bay Retriever puppy. I'm entering my third trimester with little Baby K #2. Oh yes, and of course there's always the energetic toddler running around. Suffice to say things have been CRAZY around here!

Anyhoo, I'm joining in with The Nester's 31 Days initiative again over on my homemaking blog- His Frugal Servant! I love this challenge- it's a great boot in the pants to get regular about blogging again :) So wish me luck!!

I'm super excited to be sharing with you... 
organizing for all the fall & winter holidays!

Here's a sampling of what you can expect...
LOTS of printables
How to Set Up your Planner
Menu Planners for Autumn, Christmas, New Years, and more
Lists to help plan out your fall and winter activities, crafts, baking, and more
Grocery Lists for your big holiday meals
Gifting Lists to help budget and keep track of what gifts you've bought
Gift Ledger to track who gifts items to you and writing out thank-you notes
Advent Lists to plan out what activities you plan to celebrate
and lots more!

I hope you'll join me as we set up our holiday planners together and if I can figure out Linky, we'll even have a fun link party at the end of the month for everyone to share their awesome creations and help inspire each other! Click below to be brought over to a list of all the great posts I'm sharing!

20 July 2014

Holy Night Teals

Dropping in really quick to share a card I made earlier today (actually it turned out to be a whole set of cards!) to play along with the Colour Me challenge. Super simple- some teal card stocks, teal ink, white sequins, and a few silver pearls and grey rhinestones. No muss to fuss! Hope you've had a fabulous weekend. :)

14 July 2014

Merry Christmas Banner {2 ways}

Hey all!
So today I was working on some more Christmas cards! I warned ya you might be seeing a lot of them in the future, hehe ;) I found some Christmas card challenge blogs and got a bit of inspiration from them!

Card 1 was inspired by the July challenge over at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown. I chose one of their recipes to work from, and boy, let me tell you, it ended up stumping me! Well really it was the square card that got me. I had the perfect vintage image in mind originally, but it didn't fit on the card base! Whoops! Hehe... details.

So to get the "vintage" part, I settled on muted colors, a vintage-y background paper, and a sentiment from the original vintage Christmas set I'd had in mind. I got partway through making my first iteration of this card and quit, I disliked it THAT much! I was going to work a negative diecut and image into this card originally, but it just was NOT working. I finally settled on the banner and then things finally fell into place :)

Perhaps not the MOST vintage card ever, but I think it works alright! :) I actually ended up making a whole set of these cards!

Card 2 was created because I accidentally made an extra banner from the first card set! I knew I wanted to play along with Merry Monday Christmas Challenge, so sequins it was! This card (unlike the last one!) came about very quickly. I love simple one-layer (minus the sentiment!) cards... definitely where I feel most comfortable. I might make a similar card set tomorrow actually! Digging this layout :)

12 July 2014

Christmas Birthday in July

Hey all!
So today I've got not one, not two, but THREE things to share! Crazy, I know ;)

I'm starting off with the card that gave me the most trouble, but ended up being my favorite of the day! I'm out of white cardstock at the moment, so I'm making use of my colored stock for now. I usually prefer white, so it's stretching me out of my comfort zone working with color!

Anyhoo, I struggled with this layout- it turned out completely different than when I started! I started out doing a tone on tone card, both layers being the purple cardstock, but I just couldn't make it work how I imagined. So after a few swap outs of layers and colors, this is what I settled on. And you know what? I love it! I think the kraft really offsets the bright purple color, and the greens play into the more natural earth tones of the kraft too. Papertrey Ink's beautiful images and sentiments made this card a breeze to make... once I settled on a layout that is! So that's card one for today :)

Oh, and here's a close up- you can see I added a touch of colored pencil to the flowers. Love :) Oh, and I'm playing along at the Seize the Birthday challenge under the "anything goes" option!

Here is where we start Christmas in July! I'm aiming toward doing a craft fair in the fall, and I figure if I start making Christmas cards NOW, I might have enough stock to sell well at the fair ;) So you'll likely be seeing a lot of Christmas cards from now until, well, Christmas! So this is the first set that I came up with.

Again, working with the colored cardstock... ironically, this card started out as a one-layer card, then moved to a two-toned two-layer card, and ended up as a tone on tone card! A bit of the reverse of the top card! I kinda like it- I was going for a non-traditional color scheme. Suitable for some of the various holidays around Christmas time. 

And I decided to do a matching gift tag set! I think I'll be doing this with most of the sets of cards that I make. Super simple, one layer, image on front, and "to: from:" on back. Easy to whip up a few of these in just a few minutes. The stamps are by PTI and there's a bunch of round images in this set that make for perfect tag making!

11 July 2014

Better Birthday Balloons

Yup, I'm back again! Can you believe it? Two days in a row! I know, I know... hehe. Well, today I'm playing along with the colors over at Unity's Stamp Challenge again. The colors are just so perfect for a fun & festive birthday card! I love the bicycle trend (is it over already? is it still going? I can't tell... but I'm loving it either way). So this is a super fun image & sentiment set. I'll probably be making a set or two of cards with this layout- so super simple and fun!

10 July 2014

Runway Anniversary Wishes

This was by far my favorite card of the day. Don't be surprised if you see this layout again in the future- I'm digging it! Angles used to throw me for a loop (I like everything neat and tidy and symmetrical), but now I'm liking them! This card combined a Unity sentiment with some PTI images. 

Sequined Birthday Balloons

One sketch done two ways! My first take at this sketch, from CAS(E) this Sketch #84, is the card below. I wasn't thrilled with how the tails turned out, so I did take two, shown above! This time I popped up some of the balloons with 3D dots, doubled up the sentiment, and threw in a few sequins. I'm still uncertain how I feel about the recent sequin trend. I feel like rhinestones were more versatile, what do you think? I still have a large stash of them, so you'll continue to see rhinestones here and there, hehe- I just can't quite let go of them :) Oh yes! And before I forget, I was inspired by the colors over at Color Throwdown!

And I'll leave you today with an up close view of the second card :)

Happy Bright Birthday Wishes

It's been a LONG time since I've played along over at the Unity {be inspired} Challenge, so I whipped out one of my favorite kits and inked it up. It's a fun bright color palette this month, which I felt was perfect for a birthday card. I think it could go either way- for boy or girl, what do you think? Here's the original color inspiration... looking at it now, I kinda did a riff on the card sketch too! Really I was just going for the colors though, hehe :)

Happy Non-Traditional Holidays

So I'm hoping to sell at a craft fair in November, so I figure that if I start making Christmas cards now, I might have enough stock to successfully sell! I'm liking the non-traditional colors here- might have to play around with this layout some more! The colors are inspired by ColorQ Challenge #249, which you can see below! I didn't have any costal cabana colors on hand, so I substituted another blue shade.

What do you think? Do you like non-traditional Christmas colors?

New Baby Glow

Hey all! 
LONG time no talk, right?! Goodness... well we moved again- yes that makes twice in the past year and a half. Such is the Army life :) So we moved about 6 months ago and I finally JUST unearthed the last scrapping box, so my crafting space (which is pretty fabulous in this house!) is on its way to being organized. I decided to play along with a few challenges, so bear with me as I post a few ;)

I'm not super in love with this card, so don't be surprised if you see this layout again. I think it was just the card dimensions that I'm not loving. I'll have to play around maybe tomorrow and see what I can come up with ;) Anyhoo, I'm playing along over at CASology: Week 103: GLOW. This Unity stamp jumped out at me for two reasons: (1) momma-to-be's always have that "glow" about them, and the moon and stars "glow" in the sky. It works for me :) What do you think??

26 May 2014

Memorial Day

All gave some... some gave all. 

(Source: USAA)

Remembering those who have laid down their lives defending our great nation, and praying for the families who are left behind. A humble 'Thank You' will never suffice.

"Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends."
~ John 15:12-14

29 March 2014

It's Hobby Lobby Day!

Just stopping in here quickly to give a shout out to Hobby Lobby! Are you headed there today? I hope to- otherwise I'll swing by their online store to show my support :)

I don't usually like to mix politics with crafting, but as a Christian, I pray daily as I see our religious freedom under attack. So what better way to show a little support for one of the crafting industry's major stores as they take on the government in the name of religious freedom and First Amendment rights, by supporting their company and get some cute new stuff for my stash! So I'll be supporting the Greene family today with a shopping trip, a thank you note, a good dose of prayer.

Checkin on Facebook at the Hobby Lobby Day event, or check out Twitter #HobbyLobbyDay.

26 February 2014

Hexagon Gardens

Hey all! So here's another fun little card I created using some of my new PTI stamps that I mentioned yesterday! I'm totally loving this stamp set, Cutting Garden! And I'm also loving having my Cuttlebug finally out of storage... can you believe that I stamped for nearly a year and a half without it?! Yea, me neither... needless to say, not all that much stamping was accomplished during that time...

Anyhoo, I'm also entering this in Moxie Fab's Happy for Hexagon's Challenge! I thought they'd be a fun little play on your standard leaves, die cutting them from hexagon paper. What do you think? I popped up the main panel and added a strip of the same hexagon paper on the far edge too. Enjoy!

Happy Wednesday all!
God bless-

25 February 2014

Papertrey February Blog Hop Challenge

Hey folks! So I was blessed enough to win one of the comment prizes during PTI's anniversary fun earlier this month! Whohoo, right?! So you know what that means, right? Some PTI mail arrived at my doorstep a few days later, carrying my new goodies that I ordered! It's been nearly 2 years since I've gotten some lovely stamps from them, which is FAR too long!

So! Today is PTI's Monthly Blog Hop, and I created the last of my *ahem* Christmas thank-you cards. Totally behind the ball, I know. But better late than never, right?! Right. So, here ya go! A cute spring inspired thank-you card! The stamps, buttons, and paper are all PTI.

I seriously need to figure out some better evening lighting in my craft space. In person, there's much more contrast between the background stamps and the paper, and all the colors are much brighter :) Enjoy, all! I'll talk to ya soon. 

God bless,

14 February 2014

PTI Anniversary cards 6/6

Here is the last card of the night, celebrating PTI's 7th anniversary!
The sentiment stamp is PTI, as is the background paper!

Here are the recipe cards that I used (found here if you want to play along too!)

PTI Anniversary cards 5/6

Here is the fifth card of the night, celebrating PTI's 7th anniversary!
The stamps are all PTI!

Here are the recipe cards that I used (found here if you want to play along too!)