fun guest blogger post

Hi friends!

I wanted to pop in today and let you know that I have a FUN card featured over at Paper Crafter’s Library today!

Have you heard of Paper Crafter’s Library? It is such a cool site! Not only does it feature a huge variety of projects, but also includes fun posts about current trends, information about new products in our world, and of course, the occasional giveaway, too!! Check it out!



So, click HERE to check out my post and see what I did with the cutie-patootie pinata stamp!

Have a great day!

waffle flower my silly valentine

Hi Friends! I am home from our cruise and raring to go! It is amazing how a week vacation can really refresh and re-energize a person.

Today (and all week long) Waffle Flower Crafts is sharing silly valentines on their cutie-pie blog. I know all of you are following them, right? Well, I am up today and here is a little sneak peek of my post:



Be sure to click HERE  to see the whole post.

Now, I have to do admire my very slight golden tan since I know it will only last about 24 hours. Ha, ha. Hello several dozen new freckles!


waffle flower dt mix blog hop

Hello friends! I know a lot of you have been following the new stamp set release from Waffle Flower Crafts on Instagram and Facebook. But, I bet you did not know that this release includes a very special stamp set. It is call DT Mix because each member of the Waffle Flower design team was asked to contribute a little piece. How fun is that?

Tribal Thank You


Like most sets, you will only get the full effect of each piece of the puzzle as you enjoy this blog hop! Do you see the cute little string art heart and sentiment near the top? That was the result of my brainstorming with Nina! Trust me, I am not artist and I did not draw this design, but I did have an idea and I created my own inspiration board. Want to see?

kesti inspiration


I often create boards like this to inspire my card making and designing. You can kind of follow along with my crazy thought pattern here: from lines that make constellations to geometric shapes to the art of string. And this is what a finished card looks like.

Kesti_DT MIX


The actual stamp is pretty simple, an outline of a heart with the two letters “i” and “u”. But, after stamping the heart and piercing holes on each dot, I threaded a needle with upholstery thread (a little thicker than normal thread) and randomly stitched a pattern. I was inspired to go a little more rustic with this card, but I already have another in the works using bright embroidery floss and colored ink. Cannot wait to share it!

You definitely want to sit back and hop through all the posts below. You should maybe even start at Waffle Flower to learn more about the new release!

Waffle Flower
Katie Gehring
Kim Kesti
May Sukyong Park
Joni Andaya
Sabrina Salery
Tessa Wise

Waffle Flower Crafts is also providing a stamp set of choice as a prize for this hop! The random winner will be drawn from comments left on all of our blogs! Enter by 11:59 pm Eastern on Thursday, Jan 8. The winner will be announced on the Waffle Flower Blog on Jan 9.

Good luck and enjoy the hop!

exciting news

My life is indeed pretty exciting, but today I want to share some grand news for other people in my life.

First of all, the winner of the Waffle Flower Stamp Set is Joanie! (I will shoot you an email, Joanie). Fun stuff for Joanie.

The actual reason for my post is to share a new development in the life of my sweet and energetic friend, Susan Opel.

Susan and I


Not even kidding, she is such a hoot. This photo is from one of the first times I was able to hang out with her, round about 2009. Ha, ha! Love it! We spent a lot of years working for Paper Crafts Magazine and becoming crafty buddies. We both love trends and keeping up with the latest and greatest in our little world.

Well, I knew it would not take long for some smart savvy business to snap Susan up in one capacity or another (since our beloved magazine close shop less than a month ago). Today My Favorite Things Stamps announced that Susan will serve as their Creative Ambassador. (Ha, ha, why do I think Susan created this title?) She will rock at it. For starters, she is heading up an amazing design team for MFT and will be hosting a new blog called MFT Challenge and Inspiration, it is is all about color and creativity.

mft new blog


Her team is amazing! There will be lots of challenges including a bi monthly sketch challenge (love me a sketch challenge). You will definitely want to click HERE and slap a bookmark on that baby.

And, since I feel the need to give MFT Stamps a shout out of my own, here is a favorite card I made using their adorable stamps and dies.

Watt's Up Card


Seriously? Clean, crisp, graphic, that is my kind of card. Congrats to My Favorite Things and especially to Kim (the owner) for being such a smart cookie.

Happy New Year!

planning for 2015

Hi friends!

Hope you had a wonderful holiday! I sure did. I was able to gather with the family, relax and make merry. I am so grateful for all the blessings I have. 2014 was a year of dramatic change in our lives, we are still figuring it all out, but I am seeing 2015 as being one for the record books. Stay tuned! Ha, ha.

Today I want to share a little bit about customizing my planner for 2015. I have had planners on and off for years, but now that I am back at work, I see the potential in keeping a planner even more! I love my Simple Stories planner for keeping at home, next to my desk/computer station. (I have a smaller planner that goes in my purse for on the go planning, ha!)



I have the 6 X 8 Teal Album from Simple Stories (shown above) although I have not collected all the little stickers, etc. Instead, I used the Waffle Flower Crafts Calendar Stamp Set and the Planner Stay Focused Stamp Set to customize my pages.



Here is a photo of getting started.

Kesti_Planner prep


I pulled a pile of the Simple Stories Life Documented Weekly Planner Inserts and laid them out assembly style. I used my adorable tiny clear blocks from Fun Stampers Journey and stamped JANUARY on each day. Then, I added the cute little check boxes and other banners to my pages.

Kesti_Planner 2015


Here a peek at my first two week spread. This is January 5-18th and it looks to be crazy busy already! A trip to CHA, two birthdays and the Waffle Flower Blog Hop! Fun! (I love the Simple Stories Plastic Bookmark, too).

Kesti_Planner close


A little closer look at the cutie pie stamps! How would YOU like to win one of the Waffle Flower stamp sets? Your choice!

Just comment below about one thing you are looking forward to in 2015. Easy peezie! I will enter you to win a free stamp set. (Enter by midnight December 31st!) Someone will ring in the new year with a new stamp set!


paper crafts magazine goodbye

I have worked for Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking magazine since 2006. It is going to be really really different without them as part of my daily life. From creating projects to writing blog posts, chatting on Facebook, exchanging emails, it will be be strange moving forward.

But, it is not all about me, it is really a community that will be gone. A great group of paper crafting folks who really had fun together. Editors, contributors, even advertisers. I know we will each find our new niche and life will go on, but it is worth reflecting on and saying goodbye, for sure. The editors in particular: Jennifer leading the pack, Kerri keeping us organized, P. Kelly rooting for the underdog, quiet but feisty Holly, Brandy who always had a kind word, Jennafer M. who first invited me to Ed Board, Stacy who has always had my back, Susan who never thought there was anything I could not do and most of all Cath, my partner in crime, trend watching and the one who first singled me out and has never left me out since. (Now, I am gonna cry).

My Kind of Guy_Kesti

Now that is off my chest, I am going to share a few of my favorite cards that either have been published, or were on the schedule to appear in the magazine. They are pretty much all Kesti style (as the editors would call it).


Gold and a little collage thrown in for fun. (Love this background from Neat and Tangled).

Starry Night


My last Moxie Fab, and one of my favorites.

March Sparks_Kesti

A direct ink to paper experiment. Love the yellow!


And, a blast from the past, one of my favorites of all time.

Thanks for taking a peek! All of the Go to Gals are posting today with some favorite projects, memories and more. (Links in my sidebar). Take a look and leave a comment, too. We love sharing our passion with you. Stick around, please!





bubblegum necklaces

We have been busy planning and preparing for our first ever Fall Boutique for a church fundraiser. We normally have this type of sale at our annual Winter Services, held in February. But, this year we had the idea to throw together some fun items for a November sale.

In the meantime, I wanted to share a few of the bubblegum necklaces we made.



Bubblegum just refers to the approximate size of the acrylic beads. They are cute and chunky. These are all sized perfectly for a 4-7 year old. We sell them for $21 including shipping (so if anyone online is interested, just leave me a comment).

meghan and ello


And here is a photo of my oldest and youngest! Eloise loves her peas and carrots necklace.

Thanks for taking a peek! Have a colorful weekend!


go to gal creative play

Hi there! Today is another special day with my fellow Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking Go To Gals. I love that we get together at least once a month (um, virtually get together) to collaborate on projects together. This month we are using some amazing stamps by Stampin Up.

Kesti_SU_Merry Christmas


This is my sweet and simple card using their Sassy Salutations stamp set. I love this set and have used it quite a few times. I actually had forgotten that it has this holiday sentiment! Nice find. Oh, and I am pretty sure this card was inspired by one I had seen by Mendi Yoshikawa but I cannot seem to find the original to link up. I cannot think of anyone else who do this type of adorable hand stitching and super cute design, can you? Hee, hee.

So, take a peek at the other Go To Gals cards! Check out all my links right over there in my sidebar —–>

And, if you have not been following the Wednesday posts by the Go To Gals, click HERE and catch up!

waffle flower crafts give thanks

Happy Friday!

I am here today to share a fun little project made with the new Waffle Flower Crafts Holiday Labels Give Thanks stamp set. The reason for the longer name of this stamp set is because Nina also has a Holiday Labels Merry stamp set. And the best part? There is a die that matches BOTH sets. I love when that happens. Clever Nina!



So, here is the stamp set that I used. Actually, mainly I used the little leave along with the Thankful greeting. I have been wanting to try a technique that Richard Garay used when making some fall leaves. I did not do it exactly like his, but he was inspiration, for sure.

WFC_Kesti_Give Thanks


(Both the inks and the Gold and Bronze Silks are from Fun Stampers Journey). I love how the leaves take on so much texture. Even though it is the same stamp over and over again, each leaf looks amazing. Just like Mother Nature! Hee.



I used the matching die to cut each leaf then shaped them into a wreath. I also added a little more Bronze Silk. Kind of warm and fun!

Thanks for taking a peek. Waffle Flower Crafts is having an amazing blog hop in just a week or so, stayed tuned to their blog and you just might see some sneak peeks soon!

Love it!