Thursday, February 28, 2013

Happy Birthday!


For today's card, I used the current sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.

This is a great sketch to use to make multiple cards and that's what I did- made a few masculine birthday cards and used up some ctmh retired backwoods paper scraps!
Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!

Family Display Tray

Good Morning!

Today I'd like to share with you a display tray I created while at scrapping retreat last weekend.  This turned out completely different than originally intended.  When I arrived at the retreat, there was a piece of paper sitting at our creation station and we were to use it on a project.  I loved the colors and knew right away I was going to mix it with Claire from ctmh.  Not all products used on this are from ctmh- everything but the paper and orange and blue buttons and the little yellow ribbon on the top left.  And I know it looks like I cut our eyes out but I really didn't :)  When this hangs up, you can see it better.  I had to take the picture while it was laying down in order to avoid glare.

CTMH supplies used:
Display Tray
Brown and tan sparkle assortment
Bakers Twine Harvest assortment
Family Love Stampset
Hello Blooms stampset
Artiste Circut Cartridge
Feb Stamp of the Month
Past Constant Campaign stampset
Chocolate Ink

 Thank you for stopping by! It means a lot to me!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Home Sweet Home- Home Decor

Hello!  I'm back to show you the home decor item I created for our new kitchen.  My inspiration for this project came from Brenda Rose and you can check out her beautiful creation Here.

I ordered the 6x6 canvas from CTMH awhile ago and was going to make something for my son's room but after I saw Brenda's creation with the Feb Stamp of the Month, I knew I needed to make something for our kitchen.  This is what I came up with:

 I started off by mixing cocoa reinker with Create a Shade Pearl and painting the entire canvas.  I then pulled out the last of my scraps from the Avonlea paperpack.  The flowers were cut using the Artiste circut and the cardstock where Home Sweet Home is stamped was distressed a bit and then sprayed using the cocoa reinker and the spritzers that ctmh sells.  The ribbon is the side of the burlap ribbon, keeping it simple. Other ctmh products used are the natural buttons and the dark chocolate grosgrain ribbon.  All products used on this little guy are ctmh.

Thanks for stopping by and stop back tomorrow for another home decor item I created using the display tray ctmh sells. 
Have a great day ~Kim

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Kitchen Remodel

Hello scrappy friends!

I don't have anything scrappy to share but I do have some before and after pictures of our kitchen remodel :)

Here are the before pics:

This here was the 'problem' counter top.  We eliminated that chunk that stuck out and boy did it make a difference!  Chuck and I can both stand in the kitchen with the fridge door open now :)

This is the beast of the dishwasher we've been using.  It's a portable and our friend let us use it for about 3 years.  I'm so thankful we had it!!  Especially with 2 kids!  Even though not the prettiest, it really made our lives so much easier and I'm so thankful for that!  I'll never forget the day we got it....We couldn't afford a new dishwasher at the time only because we knew it would turn into so much more: countertops, sink, etc.  It all adds up.

Here are the after pics:

We added a top cupboard to the right.

To the left of these pictures is where the 'beast' was.  We added 3 cupboards to that spot- 2 on the bottom and 1 on top and of course added a counter top.  It's a lot more practical for us.  I didn't take a picture of it because that is where the tools, etc are sitting right now.  

I love our new kitchen space and don't feel so crowded in it.  Next up is painting- I've picked a color called 'potato skin' - it's neutral brown.  We are painting the kitchen/dining room and living room this color.  After this project though I'm ready for a little break so painting probably won't start for a couple of weeks.

Tonight while the new dishwasher was running, I didn't have to turn up the TV 10 notches! lol  It's so quiet!

We budgeted $2,500 for this mini remodel and actually came out less than that....$2,100.

Stop back tomorrow to see a new kitchen decor item I created.  I was inspired by someone that has such beautiful work and that "awww's " me every time I see her creations!  

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great night~
Kim :)

Friday, February 22, 2013


Good Morning!

Playing along with Freshly Made Sketches today.  It's been a long time since I've played along with this one and thought the sketch was perfect to use up some scraps I have of ctmh's Clemetine's paper pack.

Here's the sketch:

And here's my take:

I think I used up the last of this paper! It was one of my favorites!  I still have some canvas stickease left though- which is what I used on this card.  I also used the Artiste circut cartridge to cut the background shape.  The 'treasured friends' sentiment on the bottom is from the Chantilly paper pack- border.  Thought the saying matched perfect!

Thank you for stopping by!  I really appreciate it!

Maybe next time I blog I'll be able to show you before and after pictures of our kitchen!  We are in the process of a mini kitchen remodel.  New dishwasher installed (we had a portable before), garbage disposal, counter tops, cupboards, paint and a new sink.  I shouldn't call it a 'mini' remodel I guess lol But sometimes kitchen remodels can get extreme!  We didn't gut the kitchen but are making changes that are going to make our kitchen seem so much bigger!  We can hardly wait until this project is finished!  The counter tops have finally been delivered and that is really what has been holding up the project for the last few weeks.

Have a great day!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Happy birthday to You!

Good Morning!

Today I'm playing a long with a few challenges.  It's been a while since I've been able to enter in any challenges.  School is definitely keeping me busy along with my family so it was nice to be able to craft yesterday! 

The other night I was blog surfing for about 5 minutes and came across fellow ctmh consultant's Kristine Porter's card using the Mojo Monday sketch and Later Sk8r.  Her card was awesome and she totally inspired me so I thought I'd try using the sketch too.  Here's the sketch for Mojo Monday:

I also came across a challenge for Bitten By the Bug 2 to use the color Amethyst and Cupcakes or Birthday Cakes. 

Here is my creation:

One thing I love about ctmh is the ability to mix and match their papers!  I mixed Claire paper with Chantilly paper.  I love the color combo.  I was struggling at first with the colors to use but I like this combo together.  The Smokey Plum cardstock does not come with either of these paper packs so I added it.  The cupcake was cut using the Artiste circut cartridge and the circles were cut using the Art Philosophy cartridge.

Supplies used: (all ctmh unless noted)
Claire paper pack
Chantilly paper pack
Artiste Collection- birthday
Artiste and Art Philosophy Circut Cartridges
Birthday perfect fit
Washi Tape
Red, Pink, Purple Sparkle Assortment
(Cherry) Autumn Lane Assortment- Retired
Grey Wool Ink
Smokey Plum Ink
Smokey Plum Cardstock

Thank you so much for stopping by!  Have a great day!
~Kim :)

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

You are my Sunshine

Good Morning!  There's a new sketch up at Stuck on U Sketches! We'd  love for you to play along. 

Here's the sketch:

And here's my take:

This has to be the longest winter ever!  It has been so cold here in MN!  Yesterday it was -7 but with the wind it felt more like -35!  It's supposed to be even colder today!  It was refreshing to open up Jillibean Soup- Lima Bean paper and embellishments.  Although the little 'just a note' sentiment is from Pebbles and so is the N39 brad. I love the summer theme to this paper!  Oh how I miss summer and the warm sunshine! lol

Thank you so much for stopping by and have a great day!
Kim :)

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Blog Hop Winner

Hello there~

First off, I want to thank all of you that stopped by during the Rose Blossom's Blog Hop!  We appreciate the time you took out of your day and we hope we inspired you!

The winner of the Later Sk8r paperpack is......

Jenise Barnhouse

Congratulations Jenise!  Please email me at and I will get this in the mail to you right away!

To see who the grand prize winner was, check out Brenda's Blog, here!

Thank you again and have a great night!

Friday, February 15, 2013

Rose Blossoms Blog Hop!!


Welcome to the Rose Blossoms Spring/Summer Idea Book blog hop!  I'm so glad you are able to stop by! If you just came from Kim Hill's Blog than you are on the right track!  Wasn't her project awesome!?!  I always love her work!

Today I'm sharing a few cards I made using the new Later Sk8r pack.  I LOVE this paper, in fact I used it all up!  I'd like to show how versatile ctmh paper is, so up first is a 'girlie' card using Later Sk8r:


I had an image of how I wanted this card to turn out and I can honestly say I couldn't be happier with this little girlie card!  The products I used are:

Later Sk8R
Girls Rock-stamp set
Green & Blue Epoxy Bubbles
Green button assortment
Basic Assortment buttons
Outdoor Denim Ink
Slate Ink

Up next is my 'boy' card: 

What little boy wouldn't love to open this card and spin the spinner??  This card screams boy to me!

Supplies Used:
Later Sk8R
Later Sk8R Assortment
Wheel of Life stamp set
Blue & Green Epoxy Bubbles
Black Ink
Artistie Cartridge
Slate Ink- Background Chevron 
In the Background stamp set

I hope you enjoyed my projects and I have inspired you! Because I love this paper so much, I'm giving you a chance to win it! The rules are:
  • Become a follower of my blog and leave a commentEasy peasy!
The word you need to collect from me in order to be eligible for the grand prize at Brenda Rose's Blog is:


During this hop you will collect a word at each blog and at the end of the blog hop, you will be at Brenda Rose's blog.  You will need to enter the sentence from all the words you gathered in her comments area.  The comments will not show so it is fair for everyone.  Good luck and thank you again for stopping by!!  We truly appreciate it and love hearing all of your comments!

The grand prize winner will win:

Buzz and Bumble paper pack and the Honeycomb stamp set - Wowzers!!  How cool is that!  Here's a peek of those products for you:

Up next in the hop is Crystal's blog!  I know you are going to love what Crystal has in store for you!  If you get lost along the way, here is the order of the blogs:

Have fun!!

Happy Scrappin!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Stay tuned.....

For the upcoming Rose Blossom's blog hop!  You don't want to miss this one!!  I promise you won't be disappointed!  Starts this Friday at 6 am central time.  See ya there!

Saturday, February 9, 2013

And the winner is.....

Hello!  First off I want to thank all of you for taking the time out of your day to stop by during out bloghop!  It means a lot to all of us to hear  your kind comments and we hope we were able to inspire you!

I have drawn a name and the winner who will receive the Later Sk8r paper pack is.....

scrappinlil: Great it. I always have such a hard time with boy layouts or masculine cards, you did a great job. I am now a follower of your blog. TFS

Please email me at and I will get this off into the mail to you.

Thank you all again and have a great day!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

You + Me

Good Morning!

There's a new sketch up at SOUS! We would love for you to play along!  Here's the sketch:

 And here's my take:

I am in love with all the ctmh products used on this card!  And the best part is, they are now available for purchase!!

Supplies Used:
Circut Artiste- Hears
For Always Paperpack
Who's Your Valentine stampset
Sightseer Stampset
Glitter tape- black
Stampset from For Always Card Kit
Black Assortment Buttons
Pink Glitter Gems

Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see your entries over at SOUS!! 
Kim :)

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Veggie Tales

Hello!  I hope you all had a great weekend!  Did you watch the game?  We only watched part of it...we aren't real big into football.
If you haven't had a chance to see the SOUS blog hop, click HERE!

I've been studying so much this weekend and was very happy to get into my scrapping room for an hour tonight!  This is what I came up with:

I just got some new pepples paper and thickers and had to use them on this page!  I love the chevron in the background!
The sketch I used came from @ Home with Studio K:

Thanks for stopping in and have a great night!

Friday, February 1, 2013

SOUS 100th Sketch Blog Hop

Good Morning!

Today marks the 100th sketch over at Stuck On U Sketches!! To celebrate the occasion, we are having a blog hop!!  Click on the link above to play along with the sketch challenge!  This is crazy but it's also my 100th post!!  Wowzers! 

If you just came from Laura's blog you are on the right track but feel free to check out her blog if you are new!  She has amazing talent!!

Here is the 100th sketch :  Lovely isn't it~

And here is my page:

 I should start off by telling you how in love I am with this paper!!  It's perfect for boys (and girls- stayed tuned for some upcoming projects)! 

For my page I used the following Close to My Heart products:
  • Later Sk8r Paperpack
  • Fast and Furious stampset
  • Artiste Circut Cartridge- gears and border on top of last picture
  • Green and Blue Epoxy Bubbles

How would you like to WIN this paperpack??  Simply become a follower of my blog and leave a comment!  Easy Peasy!  I will draw a name at random on Feb 7th.

Next up on the hop is JANE- check it out!  Beautiful work!! 

If you get lost along the way or want to check out everyone's blog, which we would LOVE, click on the link HERE!!

Thank you for taking the time to stop by today! 
Happy Scrappin!  Kim