Thursday, December 31, 2009

More with KNK's January kit

I've had so much fun with this kit! Using my preferred number of photos (three) was a bit more of a challenge, but I found that with these beautiful papers from Paper Trunk I didn't really have to embellish all that much. With both layouts I chose photos that had uncluttered backgrounds, and only one complimentary color. This helped the photos to really stand out from the patterned papers.
I can't wait for the chance to do a little more scrapping with this kit!! Thanks for looking, and Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Time for thanks

Gift getting means time to send thank you cards....for this card I used one of the swirls from the Stampendous Jumbo Tree set to create the butterfly trail...

I think I would be very happy if this little friend flew my way to say thanks!

Happy New Year to you...Lynda

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

A couple of KnK January kit creations

This January kit is just too much fun! I've been challenging myself to sort of think outside of the box a bit with this kit too. For my first page, I was itching to play with a new border punch that I had picked up, but I wanted to do something a little bit different with it, so I decided to create a frame around my page. Do you know those long, skinny scraps of paper you end up with when you use border punches? I flipped them over and used the striped side to create a thin border around the whole page! Talk about using your scraps to the max! I also did a little (actually a lot) of scissor work with those flourishes too. I love paper that I can cut elements out of and really make it my own style.For my second page, I wanted more of an abstract look to offset the clean lines of my papers. None of the glimmer mist that I had worked well with the black cardstock, so I started digging in my paint and found a couple of colors that worked well with the papers and just started flinging it across the page with a brush. So much fun!So I challenge you to do something out of the ordinary on your next page. Use a tool in a way your wouldn't normally use it. Get messy and crazy with a page, or just try a style that you have been afraid to just for fun. You never know, you just might like the results!

Monday, December 28, 2009

Winter Song is SWEET!!!

Have you had chance to play with the December kit from KNK? With all the excitement of the holidays, I finally got chance to take mine out and play. OMG---Gerrianne, Sonia and the rest of the team that put this kit together know how to end the year with a BANG!! Living in Florida, I don't really have that many snowy photos to put in the scrapbook so I don't usually get excited by the wintery papers. When I took out my stuff today, I got so excited. I knew exactly what I wanted to try. I adore Stampendous Stamps, but received these adorable snowmen put out by Magnolia Stamps. I combined them with the December KNK kit and voila~~~

These two cards came together quite nicely~

Inside the wonderful December kit are papers from SEI's WINTER SONG collection (they are wonderful shades of red and blue...with flocked images and even glitter!) as well as from Bo Bunny's SNOWY SERENADE. The embellishments also came from this month's kit.

Although I live in sunny Florida, my roots are from New England and I just adore snowmen! These little snowmen cards are heading off to special friends, where I know they will be loved.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Birthday wishes

I was excited to see these pre-cut card and envelopes in KnK's January Kit. Just fold the envelopes and fold the cards and embellish as you like! For this Card set I used the envelope "as is" without any further embellishing. For the card I added some paper scraps from the kit. (Some of the papers in the kit have "b" sides that are solid bright bold colors.) I finally opened my bottle of scrappy glue to attach the clear dew drops. I admit having a second or 2 of fear when the glue was white under those clear dew drops. But never fear it dried crystal clear! Hope everyone had a great holiday!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

T'was the Day after Christmas

and I must confess,
The entire house
Is quite a mess.

There are wrappings galore
all around the tree
and dirty dishes abandoned
with disturbing glee

The unwrapped presents
stacked hither and yon
make an obstacle course
for tripping upon

And this morning in my jammies
with sleep in my eyes
I can only wonder
whose house do I spy?

It's obvious that we
sure had some fun
and worth all the clean up
that must be done

And Tidy Maid said
as she drove out of sight
I'm not cleaning your house,
It's too much of a fright.

So you know what I'll be doing
far into the night
Merry Day after Christmas
is not a delight!

Hope your Christmas was a good one and that Santa brought you all on your list!

Friday, December 25, 2009

**Happy Christmas**

The team here at Kreative Kaboodles and Creativity Boutique would like to wish you and your families a very Happy Christmas.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Happy holidays

Tis the season to try and stretch your money and your creativity today I am going to share with you a fun little something that I came up with...

This is first a gift tag for the present...with the to/from written on the back...then it becomes an ornament for the tree... I used leftover scraps from my holiday cards...and some extra trim from wrapping a gift...'s two things in one...and more than the color green... (and a great kid activity since my oldest daughter was in charge of putting the ornaments on our tree tags!)

Happy holidays to you!!! Lynda

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The funny things kids say...

I have to share this with you. My 4-year-old daughter was asking questions about Santa, like "how do Santa's reindeer fly" and "how does Santa know who's been naughty and who's been nice?". We told her that Santa sees everything, all year round, so he knows if you've been bad or good. She thought really hard about that one, and finally said, very seriously, "I think I'm on the naughty list". We about died! It was so cute and funny at the same time and she was just as serious as she could be.
It was one of those moments that I knew I would want to remember, so I scrapped it as soon as I thought of a picture that would fit. The picture I chose was taken at Thanksgiving of this year, so the timing was only about a month's difference, but the expression was exactly the same.
If you are ever needing a little inspiration, think about some of the funny things your kids (or grandkids) have said. Sometimes they give us the perfect prompt for a layout!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Changito Post-It Holder

WOW~~can you believe that Christmas is just a few days away? I hope that all of your holiday cards and projects are finally finished,and your scrap~crap (as my dear hubby lovingly calls my stuff) has been put away neatly for next year. With the New Year on the horizon, most of us look at our messy desks, disorganized office supplies, and vow to do better in the coming year.
If you are like me, you like to have post~it notes or little notepads around to make lists, take down phone numbers, or even just to doodle on. Do you know that I have a super easy way to make a holder for post~its that you can use to brighten up your desk, kitchen, or just about anywhere!

First of all, you start with an acrylic photo stand. I get mine at the drugstore or craft store for under a dollar for the 4x6 size used here. They come in a variety of sizes...use whatever floats your boat!

Next, cut some cardstock to fit inside. What you are going to do is to make a little layout and stick it inside the frame. I used some coredinations cardstock, ran it through the Big Shot and then distressed it. I love the effect you get when you sand the coredinations paper after embossing it!

After I have the background mat the way I want it, I stamped an image( Changito Scrapbooking by Stampendous--yes, it's found at Creativity Boutique), colored it,and mounted it upon the background papers.

Once your little layout is exactly how you want it, position it inside the frame.
I put mine so that it is tilting downward

Finally, take a post~it note pad, and adhere it to the top of your frame. When you make the layout, think about where you want to put the pad, and leave a space for it. Now you are ready to take off post~it notes when you need one!


Sunday, December 20, 2009

one more Christmas Card

It's never to late to whip up a Christmas card. If it doesn't get sent this year you can be ahead of time for next year *wink*! This card was actually inspired by Tina on the KNK messageboard. SHe had asked me a few weeks ago about uses for an embossing pen. Here I used my embossing/watermark pad to create a holly watermark. But you could just as easily use your pen to color the stamp instead. I then added flock to the image. Yes I am a little addicted to flocking especially where Fluffles is concerned! My biggest flocking tip is to use a glue pen and start in small areas, and always start with the darker colors first. (I learned that the hard way a while back). so Meowy Christmas!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

January Projects

As Deb stated in her post Thursday, the January kit is full of color and pizzazz...perfect for the beginning of a new year! I was lucky enough to get to play with it, and created two projects...a layout and a card.

I am not a card making person, but this kit is perfect for them!

The layout uses lots of embellishments from the add on kit ( HAVE to get it this month. Really. Awesome. Amazing. incredible!) and I hand cut a swirl from one of the papers. Simple...but I love this picture of my friend Leslie and I and I wanted the focal point to be the photo.

You will love this kit for dragging away the winter blues!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Someone Special!

As the big day draws nearer ... it is getting kind of late to be giving you Christmas card ideas ... so this week I thought we could focus on the presents :0) We all have that special present ... that we want to look special even before the paper is ripped off ... don't we? ... so here is an extra special gift tag ... that is great fun and quick to make ... Are you sitting comfortably?

1. Take a chip shape ... I have chosen a bauble ... but you could use a letter ... or a present shape ... or any shape you like really.
2. Cover the back with Christmas paper ... a great chance to use your favorite Christmas scraps ... sand the edges and then edge with a gold Krylon pen.

3. Triple emboss the front by covering the chip with embossing ink and then a layer of embossing powder and heat ... repeat this step twice more. Once you are happy you have a nice thick layer ... put embossing ink on the top of your bauble only and use a different color powder ... I went for yummy gold!

4. Now heat the embossing again and ink up a stamp with embossing ink ... I went for the Damask fall stamp again ... don't worry ... I have no plans to go on and on and on about how much I love it or how versatile it is ... again :0) Then place the stamp in the hot embossing powder and hold for a count of 10. Keep inking and stamping until you are happy with your design. Don't worry if it goes wrong either ... just melt it all and keep trying until you are happy with your design.
5. Finally add a ribbon and some bling ... use a gold pen to write on the back and this little tag will make any gift look a bit more special.
Until next week folks ... Have a good weekend!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Have you seen the January kit?

It's a beauty! Such rich and vibrant colors and features papers from The Paper Trunk! Also included are black velvet stickers from Stampendous, acrylic pendant and black and white damask envelopes from Teresa Collins, acrylic dew drops from Robin's Nest, black velvet ribbon from May Arts, crystal alphabet stickers from Hambly, and coordinating cardstock from Core'dinations Black Magic collection!

I also have a new sketch challenge posted for you! I hope you like it!
Happy Scrapping!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Holiday greetings

Tis the season for creating and sending holiday greetings to friends and family. This is one of my favorite times of the actually open my mailbox and have cards from around the world. I have been working on cards and was lucky enough to have some great supplies from the Creativity Boutique to play with!
For this card I used:
Stampendous Jumbo Tree Perfectly Clear stamp set
Stampendous Circle Diamond Dot Green/Gold Edge Class A'Peel Stickers
Stampendous Circle Diamond Dot Red/Gold Edge Class A'Peel Stickers

Stampendous Circle Diamond Dot Gold/Gold Edge Class A'Peel Stickers

I first stamped the tree onto some green Core'dinations cardstock. I then cut it out and added the diamond dots all over the tree as ornaments and garland.
I then stamped the star onto yellow cardsock and covered the star with some Smooch in a gold color....this makes it shine...
I cut a piece of red Core'dinations cardstock for my card front; using an embossing folder to add the pattern to it.
I used foam tape to pop up my tree from the front of the card.

don't these Class A'Peel stickers look can see where I layered a gold ontop of the red and green for added dimension and shine!!!

I am sure this card will make a friend of mine very happy this holiday to find where I put those special holiday stamps I picked up at the post office....

Happy crafting...Lynda

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Glitter and Flocking Galore

So many memories of my childhood Christmases center around the tiny cardboard houses my grandmother would put under her tree. Each house was painted in sparkly paint and the roofs of each were laden with flocking to represent snow. I have carried this love of flocking and glitter with me to my adulthood and use these often in presents I made for others or for decorations I make for our home.

We roamed through our little town not long ago and there was an artists' alley set up on one of the side streets. I found this original watercolor Christmas card done by one of our local artists and knew it was just the thing for making a floating frame decoration.

The floating frame I found at our local craft store had a solid black frame and was far too severe for the Christmas card of Santa so I altered it to make it work better. I dabbed Adirondack inks in Cranberry and Pesto (available in the KNK store) over the black and added gold krylon ink with a sponge.

While the frame dried (and it took a couple of hours), I got out my flocking, glitter (KNK Dec. Kit)and Stickles (available in the KNK store) and added some glam to Santa. I used soft pencils to bring out a bit more of the color and I painted on the Stickles for better control and placement.

For a final touch, I added a pick that I had found in last years' Christmas wrapping paper box. The entire gift takes about 3 hours start to finish but can be done in stages and is not labor intense. Hope you give this a try!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Penguin Games

Happy Monday everyone!
This past week I have been entertaining company, so my crafting time has been limited. However, I am so in love with this stamp from Stampendous--it is called Penguin Games. This card is pretty simple, the images have been colored with watercolor crayons, mounted onto some holiday patterned paper from my stash, and adorned with some adorable holiday lights that I picked up somewhere along the way! The snowflakes are punched with one of Martha Steward punches from last year. I used some stickles to add a little bling here and there, too.
As we get closer to the holidays, and we figure out that maybe we don't have enough cards to send out, it is good to have some basic card ideas to have on hand. This card came together quickly, yet is cute~
Hope you all have a wonderful week!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Let it Snow Let it Snow Let it SNow

Anyone who knows me knows I love snow! The first snowfall I usually jump up and down like a fool. But I think as I get older I would like to clarify when I like snow....
1. When I or anyone in my family DO NOT have to drive in it.
2. When we either just get enough to cover the ground and make thing look pretty OR we get so much that everything shuts down!!!!
3. Not when the snowfall is followed by an Arctic blast and windchills are below zero and you can't even go outside to make a snowman!

Well my love of snow made it extra easy to love KNK December kit!!!!!! I have shared two of my creations here. If you hurry I think there may be one or two kits left :D

Friday, December 11, 2009

An oldie but a goodie!

Hello everyone.
I have had one of those manic weeks ... you know the ones ... where you are merrily plodding along and the wheels start dropping off right, left and centre. Today of all things my camera has decided to hang onto the pictures I had taken for you ... so I am afraid I have had to improvise ... this is an old style of card ... but still a nice one to make for that special someone.
I have used Distress inks, Stampendous embossing powders and lots of sparkle in my designs ... but the sky really is the limit with this one!
1. Cut four pieces of card 8 ¼” by 5 ¾”
2. Score all four pieces of card 2 1/16” from  each end to form a tri-fold.
3. On one piece score again at 1 7/8“ from each end to form a mini spine.
4. Line all the corners up and round them off .
5.Cut a further piece of card 8” by 5 ½“ and score down the middle and round all four corners.
6. Line the three tri-fold cards up end to end and tape the middle flaps to the outer two cards so you now have a long card.
7. On your spined card make holes at 2 ¾” and 3 ½” approx ¾” in from the spine on each side with your hole punch tool.
8. Now cut a straight line from each edge of your circle to form a slot.
9. Feed a piece of ribbon through the slot that is long enough to go around the card and tie.
10. Adhere the back of the middle part of your long card to cover the ribbon part of your spined card.
11. Adhere your final card to the front of the middle part of your long card to form an insert.

12. Decorate as desired!

Have a good weekend ... See you next Friday!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

A layout...but more importantly, the blog hop winner!!!

I am going to make you look at my layout first :)

This is my BFF and her husband. They surprise us every year with a Christmas visit. My kids and i look forward to it....they are an amazing couple!

Most importantly, however.....the blog hop winner is......

Sharon Bertolino! Please email us at and we will get you your prize!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Time for giving

The holidays are a time for giving...and when giving a gift nothing is better than a homemade tag to go on the package. When I saw this stamp that is in the Jumbo Tree Perfectly Clear stamp set by Stampendous I knew it would be perfect for tags....

I stamped the image onto cream cardstock; used some Prismacolor pencils to color in the stars; then backed the images with some beautiful Cored'inations cardstock. I then outlined the stars with a glitter pen and added some floss to secure them to the packages.

I think these will make my holiday gifts look fabulous!

Happy crafting....Lynda

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Happy Tuesday!

I made this card using KnK's December kit and the Let it snow is from this Stampendous Set. I used a chipboard snowflake and covered it in purple glitter.
ANd Fluffles who doesn't love Fluffles! I was in a flocking mood so I used my glue pen to add glue to just small sections at a time and then added the flock one color at a time. I then used my colored pencils. I love how mischievious Fluffles looks here!

Don't forget you still have a little time to get in on our Blog Hop.