Wednesday, September 17, 2014

My Creative Time: Inspiration Wednesday

Hello, today is Inspiration Wednesday over at the My Creative Time Blog. My mom is the inspiration for my card. Last month, my stepfather succumbed to his cancer. It is never easy to lose a loved one. So I wanted to send her a card to let her know we are always thinking of her and with time, things will get better! Plus, I hope it might bring a smile to her face!  

The cut file I used for this card came from My Scrap Chick. I first started by cutting out the tree with brown card stock and then using Memento: Rich Cocoa ink to stamp on MCT's: Grainy Wood Background. I love how real it makes the tree look!!! I then used MCT: Stitched Pretty Flowers and Leaves for all the leaves on the the tree. I inked each one with Memento: Bamboo Leaves ink. I also added two little hearts from MCT: Stitched Sweethearts and MCT: Picture Perfect Stamp Set. I love how these two little hearts layered so well!!

Next, I cut out the cute little bear. I inked the edges with Memento: Blue Sky ink. I added a peachy face from PK-493 Everyday Character Face Parts and More. I also chalked the cheeks, colored the eyes with a Copic marker, and added white gel pen accents. I finished the little bear by adding a little pink twine bow to her hair.

Next, I added the flowers to the grass cuts also from MCT: Stitched Pretty Flowers and Leaves. I inked the edges of the the blue green flowers with the Sky Blue ink as well. I added Stickles to the centers to give them a bit of bling! 

To decorate the bottom of the card, I cut out a square block of the pretty flower paper using MCT: 4x4 Journal Die and More. I then created another larger flower by combining two flowers from the MCT: Stitched Pretty Flowers and Leaves. I created my own sentiment by using the MCT: Alpha Pack Stamp Set on a cut banner from MCT: Vintage Stitched Label Die.

Well that's my project!! Thank you so much for stopping by!! Please head on over to the My Creative Time Blog to see the rest of the design team's amazing creations!! 

Monday, September 15, 2014

Peachy Keen Stamps: 14-13 Sketch and Color Challenge

Hello, today we have a brand new Peachy Keen Stamps challenge! It's so spooktacular!! We hope you come join in on the fun!!
Here’s how the challenge works. We’ve taken two of our most popular challenges, the sketch challenge and photo inspiration challenge and combined them. (PLEASE NOTE that just for fun, in future challenges we may change this up.) We’ll give you the choice to follow the sketch provided, you can use the photo, color palette, or any combination for endless opportunities in your creative process. Just decide what part of the challenge inspires you and create whatever you’d like. Card, home decor, scrapbook layout, WHATEVER. It’s totally up to you. Please remember that you DON’T HAVE to use Peachy Keen Stamps to play along with our challenge, but we love it when you do!
Here are the challenge photos for you to draw inspiration from, with challenge details to follow.
First up is the sketch. Feel free to rotate it, flip it, or change it up however you’d like just as long s the basic elements of the sketch are still part of your creation.

Now here is the photo/colors to inspire your spooky creations for the upcoming holiday!

For my creations, I was inspired by the "Boo" letters, polka dots, and the colors. So here is what I have created!

I first purchased the wooden letters from the craft store! Thank goodness for coupons!! They can be expensive depending on what size you want. I also purchased some black raffia to use on it as well.

I first traced each letter onto paper from the Recollection's Witches Dust paper pad. Then I cut each one out by hand with my trusty paper piecing scissors.

I then used Modge Podge to adhere the paper onto each letter. I also added some ontop of the paper to make sure it sealed well.

After the letters were all dried and finished, I tied them together with black raffia. It works so well and is quite sturdy! I also made a bow out of it and then hot glued it to the loop at the top.

For the "B", I used PKS-1420 Trio of Girl Ghosts. I stamped and colored each one in with Copic markers. They are the cutest little ghosts! I also created a 1.25" by 12" rosette out of spider web paper and then adhered the circle with the "Happy Halloween" sentiment from PKSC-09 September 2012.

For this "O", I used the adorable little witch also from PKSC-09 September 2012. I colored her with Copic markers and chalk her cheeks with Indadinkadoo chalk. The cool spider web and spider are from PKSC-32 August 2014. For this rosette, I used the chevron paper and I combined a bat from PKSC-32 August 2014 and "EEK" from PKSC-09 September 2012.

For the last "O", I used the wickedly amazing mad scientist and adorable mini ghosts from PKSC-32 August 2014. It took a bit of paper piecing magic but I exchanged the potion for a cute little pumpkin also from PKSC-09 September 2012. The cute pumpkin next to him is also from this set.I colored them all with Copic markers. For this rosette, I used the polka dotted paper and the "trick or treat" sentiment from the same September 2012 stamp of the month set. I colored it in with Copics as well but it doesn't show too well in the photo.

Well that's my project!! I can't wait to hang this up on my front door for Halloween!!

  • Designs must be new and created for this challenge, AND only 1 entry per person is allowed for challenges.
  • Create the project of your choice using the sketch above, the photo above, or the color palette included with the photo as your inspiration. The colors are only suggested, so feel free to use them or not. Just choose what inspires YOU and create away, but please DO let us in on your creative process!
  • Link up by 10/13/2014 at 10:59 p.m. CDT using the Linky Widget page, which can be found in the link at the bottom of this post.
  • You do not need our stamps to play along with our challenges, but we love it when you DO use your Peachy Keen Stamps! Any submissions that do not follow the guidelines as listed will be removed without notice.

We will randomly select one winner from ALL of the entries in this challenge to receive a $25 Gift Certificate to Peachy Keen Stamps! How fun would that be to have a little extra cash to do some peachy shopping?!!! Would you like to have an extra chance to win that prize? Simply share our challenge with your friends and for every one of your friends who submits an entry, we’ll give you another chance at the prize. The more of your friends that play, the more chances you have to win!! Just leave a comment here with your friend’s name and the number of their challenge entry. Easy peasy!!
Thank you so much for stopping by and I can't wait to see what you all come up with!! Have a wonderful crafty day!!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

My Creative Time: Designer's Challenge

Hi, today we have a Designer's Challenge over on the My Creative Time blogYou can create a project using inspiration from the photo, the colors, or both!

So here is what I created by using inspiration from the colors and the photo. 

When I saw the photo I just knew I had to create a hot cocoa treat mug. I also knew I could decorate it in style with Emma's amazing products!! 

I had a file I purchased last year from Treasure Box Designs called Cocoa pals. I used the sweet little bear from the set as well. I added a Peachy Keen Stamps: Teddy Bear Face. I inked and chalked the edges of the bear. I adorned her ear with a cute little snow flake from MCT: Winter Flake Dies. I added a small silver sequin to the center. The little marshmallows she is holding are Peachy Keen Stamps from their Scent with Love set.

Once I had the mug glued together, I added white gel pen accents to the edges.

For the mug accents, I used MCT: Bunch of Fun Circles along with MCT: Stitched Doily. They fit perfectly together!!! Going to have to used them layered more often!

I then embellished the doily with the two larger snow flakes from the MCT: Winter Flake Die set. It doesn't show too well in the photo but the snow flakes were cut using sparkly silver paper. I also added a small sequin to it as well.

I added the sentiment from MCT: You're So Cool Stamp Set to a cut out from MCT: Vintage Stitched Label Die.

I finished the project by adding a sparkly white ribbon to the mug handle and then added a small snow flake to the center. Then I added the little bag of hot cocoa mix to it.

A fun and easy project to cheer up someone's day!

Thank you so much for stopping by!! Please head on over to the My Creative Time Blog to see the rest of the design team's amazing creations!! 

Monday, September 8, 2014

My Creative Time: Made In Minutes

Hi, it's Made in Minutes over on the My Creative Time blog.
So for today, I have revamped a little notebook.

I got this little memo book from Wal-mart for .27 cents in the school supplies area. I thought it would make a great project for made in minutes that could be easily recreated. Plus, who doesn't like a project that is cheap and uses those scraps that just lay around the scrap room?

So I first want to show you in pictures what I did.

I first started out by cutting the red rectangle from MCT: Love To Learn Dies + Stamps Set. I then matted it with black card stock. 

Next, I cut out the "you" and "are" from MCT:  Speech Bubble Sentiments Stamp Set. Then below it I stamp on the sentiment "Write On!" from MCT: Write On Stamp Set.

I then added a MCT: Stitched Tab to the top that I shortened up a bit to make it fit better.

I also used the MCT: Love to Learn Dies + Stamps to create the pencil. I added the cute Peachy Keen Bombshell Face, chalked the cheeks, and added white gel pen accents. I used MCT: You are Fabulous Stamp set for the pencil line. 

To finish the project, I added a small little star from MCT: 3 Star Stitched Dies.

Well that's my project!! Thank you so much for stopping by!! Please head on over to the My Creative Time Blog to see the rest of the design team's amazing creations!! 

Friday, September 5, 2014

Peachy Keen Stamps: September Release Blog Hop

The excitement has been building for the past two days and now the time has FINALLY arrived!
WELCOME to the September Release and Reveal Blog Hop at Peachy Keen Stamps!
You should have arrived here from Gigi McKellips's blog, if you’re hopping along in the set order, but if you just happened upon this post then you can go back to the beginning at The Peachy Keen Stamps Blog and start from there so you don’t miss any wonderful project.

This All Occasion release brings wonderful images for projects centered around a birthday theme, as well as some great stamps that pair up perfectly with stamps that have been released previously this year. I can see the Birch Background stamp used with our camping themed release, a rustic Christmas project, Halloween, masculine “guy” cards and so, so much more! Smile Eagle goes amazingly well with the Birch Background, too, and can’t us just see that little fella used for some AWESOME patriotic projects? There’s the Haunted A2 Background, which comes just in time to make some quick and easy Halloween projects, OR pair it up with last month’s release or ANY of our Halloween themed stamps for more versatility. The PKSC-33 Stamp of the Month, Ballerina Bear, and the Sentiments for the September 2014 Release are fabulous “go to” sets for any age! And last but certainly not least are the Variety Face Assortments. It wouldn’t be a PKS release without faces, and these are some of the cutest and most versatile yet! Turn a simple project into something SUPER SPECTACULAR just by adding an adorable Peachy Keen Face! These are must haves, for sure!!

I created a layout using the new heart balloons from PKS-33 September SOTM Kit and PK-1426 Ballet Bear.

How adorable are these cute little ballerina bears?!! I thought they would go perfectly with this layout of my daughter on the day she was born! She had danced her way into our hearts the moment we found out we were expecting her!

I paper pieced each one using two shades of pink, one cream, and one white card stock. I added Stickles to their tutus and their hats. I colored their eyes in with Copic markers and chalked their cheeks.

I stamped and paper pieced the balloons as well. I added sewing string to the balloons and tied them to each bear.

I used My Creative Time's Trio Stitched Banner Dies to added the fun sentiment from the Ballet Bear set to each picture. I used a die from Jaded Blossom to add the sentiment to her birth info. I just covered up the info for the picture so it wasn't shared for the whole world to see.

For the title I used My Creative Time's Uppercase and Lowercase Fun Dies. I dotted the "I" with the little star from the wand.

I embellished the layout with My Creative Time's Stitched Banner dies, Stitched Doily, and the little butterfly. I added Stickles to the butterfly and pearls.

So thankful that Kathy created these bears and sentiments to help me create this layout!

Now to share these amazing new stamps!!!

Off the charts AMAZING, right? These stamps are NOW available in The Peachy Keen Stamps Shop, and as always, you can pick these new releases up at a discounted price for a limited time!
Now it’s time to do a little hopping to celebrate AND give you a chance to win a $50 Gift Certificate from Peachy Keen Stamps!!  The WINNER from the Blog Hop as well as the winners from both days of sneak peeks will be announced here on Monday, September 8th.
All you need to do to be eligible for the prize is hop along, and leave comments on our designer’s blogs. That’s it! We’ll select one random winner from ALL the comments to win the $50 prize so they can do a little peachy shopping! Have fun, enjoy the hop, and GOOD LUCK!!!

Thank you so much for stopping by and please head on over to Lorie Souther's blog!!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Peachy Keen Stamps: September Release: Sneak Peeks Day #2

Welcome back creative friends!
How about that first day of sneak peeks? Pretty amazing, right? Well we have more!!
Welcome to Day #2 of sneak peeks for the PKS September 2014 Release!
Tonight our talented team members are sharing some outstanding creations using four new stamp sets that were originally designed and created to go with various other stamp sets or themes that have been previously released. Each month as Kathy begins her creative process, she takes sketches and ideas from a specific theme and runs with it. There's no way she could possibly include each and EVERY sketch or idea in every release, but some of them are just too darned cute NOT to make the cut at some point. This is where this release comes in. This evening you will see creations using the Haunted A2 Background, Birch Frame Background, Ballet Bears, and Smile Eagle.
The peachy team has managed to blow us away once again with their amazing work!

Here my project using the amazing little eagle that Kathy created!

With the new college football season underway, I thought of making a card for my favorite team, the Iowa Hawkeyes! I love the Hawks and the Big Ten! So they were the inspiration for my project.

I was thinking a bit outside the box and decided to make the eagle into a hawk. He may not be exactly the mascot but he looks pretty close. I paper pieced him and accented him with Copic markers. For his chest I used Hawkeye paper. I then used a white gel pen on his chest and beak.

The football helmet shaped card is from SVG Cutting Files. Once I assembled it together, I used Snow White Colorbox Ink around the edges. I used My Creative Time's Bunch of Fun Circles and a whole punch to fill in the white circles with gold card stock.

I added the sentiment "Life Is Good" and the "Go Hawkeyes" to a cut out from Jaded Blossoms. For the "Go Hawkeyes" I used letters from other sentiments to create it. I finished the card by adding a bit of sequin bling to the sentiment die cut.

A fun yet simple card that will sit in my craft room to represent my favorite team!
Go Iowa Hawkeyes!!

Thank you so much for stopping by!
Friends, be sure to drop by their blogs for ALL the information about how they created these amazing samples and don't forget to leave your comments for a chance to win ALL of the stamp sets being featured tonight! Winners will be announced on Monday, September 8th.
Thanks you for joining us tonight! Mark your calendars and set your alarm for TOMORROW night at 6 p.m. CDT, when you can join us for the complete Release and Reveal Blog Hop!
There's lots more fun, prizes and inspiration on tap, and we'll see you then!!!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Peachy Keen Stamps: September Sneak Peeks Day #1

Hello and WELCOME!

It's sneaky peeky time once again and we are so excited to have you join us tonight and tomorrow night for cafty fun that will feature images for many special occasions!
Do you ever find yourself beginning to create a birthday card or project and just wish you had a simple "go to" stamp set that you could make great use of? One for any age, boy, girl, man, woman, friends, etc...? I think all of us have found ourselves in that place. In need of a set that we can quickly and easily create something fabulous with, or use those same images to add wonderful details to a more complex creation. Well, look no further, because that's just what we have for you!
Here's a little bit about where inspiration for this month's Stamp of the Month came from in Kathy's words...
Last month, I personally had several milestone birthdays to send cards out for. I found myself wishing I had a simple yet versatile birthday stamp set! I think if I would have had these stamps around I TOTALLY would have used them.
Happy and Healthy Hugs to All!
:)Kathy Jakopovich
Along with a super versatile birthday set, this month we have some great add on stamp sets
that will go just beautifully with previously released themes. Tonight we bring you designer creations using PKSC-33 Stamp of the Month set, PK-1428 Sentiments for September 2014, and PK-1429 and PK-1430, which are the newest faces to PKS. The Variety Face Assortment and Variety Faces 1 1/8 inch faces will allow you to add some new peachy cuteness to your creations.

Here is what I've created to share with you all today-


Right now I have a little bit of scrapbook supplies with me while I'm away from home and these Smash book pages are a simple yet fun way to scrap these special memories. When I saw Kathy's new images I just knew I wanted to create a fun page of my son's first birthday.

How adorable are these balloons? I just love them to pieces! Their cute little faces make them come to life. That little balloon blowing on the party blower makes me giggle! I cut each one out, inked the edges, and chalked their cheeks. I also added white gel pen accents. I used sewing string to tie bows and hang strings from each one.

I cut and matted each picture with red card stock. Then I added white gel pen stitching.

I cut each present out and inked the edges. I had to place the present tops a bit lower so they didn't cover up the pictures too much.

I added the title "It's your 1st BIRTHDAY!" to a cut out from My Creative Time's Stitched Vintage Label Die. I colored the "1st" in with Copic markers. Then I embellished it with Dollar Tree sequins.

Now I will always have a little Smash Book page embellished with the cutest images around to help remember my little guys special first birthday.

We will be choosing one lucky winner from all the comments on the PKS Blog, AND Designer Blogs to receive all of the stamp sets being showcased this evening. That gives you one chance to win for each comment you leave! Good luck, and enjoy!!! ALL winners from sneak peeks and our Release and Reveal Blog Hop will be announced on Monday, September 6th.
Thanks for stopping by and we'll see you tomorrow! Same time... Same place!!!