xyron sticker maker giveaway

Hi friends! Welcome if you are popping over from the Simple Stories blog. (Edited, I apologize for not seeing that this post did not go live this morning, I have had a few issues with my computer, thanks!) Please take a peek at this cute card I made with my Xyron Sticker Maker.



I have combined the Simple Stories Under the Stars collection with this lovely ribbon and lace from May Arts. (All three design teams are posting all week long, so check it out at SImple Stories! They will have lots of prizes, too.)



So, in order to secure the thicker crocheted lace to my card, I used my trusty Sticker Maker. Yes, I have my original orange X. How many of you have this one? Hee, hee, it still works perfectly.

In fact, since Xyron sent me another, newer version of the Sticker Maker, I would love to give you the chance to win it. (And, I might just throw in some May Arts ribbon, too!)


Please leave a comment about your latest project (anything and everything) and I will enter you to win! Easy as that. I will close the comments Wednesday night, July 16th and midnight.


waffle flower play time

Hey there! I am popping in today to show you my latest creation using Waffle Flower Crafts. This month has been so busy with vacations and such that I have not had time to really dig into the Bowtiful Additions Stamp Set before now.

Seeing as how the original Bowtiful Stamp Set is one of my all time favorites, this play date was long overdue.



I first wanted to show the process of how I use the stamp and die combination. Because the stamps are clear, you have a choice. You can stamp first, then die cut, or vice versa. I prefer to stamp first (both layers in this case), then gently adhere my die, on the edge with washi tape. Then, I run it through my manual die cutting machine and peel the tape right off. What is your process?

Addition Set_Waffleflower_Kesti

Here is the finished card, I used the new bow background, and also the label from the Bowtiful Additions set (and the sentiment, too). Hee, hee. Generally, I had a blast making this one. Do not miss the fun splatters behind the bows, they add one more layer of spark!

Did you know that Waffle Flower also had a challenge section of the blog? Click HERE to check it out. See if you can spot the sketch that I loosely based my card on? So fun!



creative play with the go to gals

We call these kind of posts Designer Challenges, but I think we need to rename them Creative Play. Hee, hee. It is just a time, once a month, that the Go to Gals get together and make pretty things with the same product.

This month, we are using delightful goodies from Fancy Pants Designs. I am using the super fun (and funky) MeOlogy collection.

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I knew I wanted to use this phrase card the moment I saw it. I think this card will go to one of my daughters. Problem is, all four of them are a little bit weird. Ha, ha. They take after their Momma.

Please take a few minutes to check out the other six Go to Gals blogs, Fancy Pants has so many cute products, I cannot wait to see what they come up with!

Betsy Veldman
Teri Anderson
Laina Lamb
Kimberly Crawford
Laura Williams
Heather Campbell



surface tag waffle flower blog hop

Welcome to the Waffle Flower Blog Hop! It is a chance for the Design Team to experiment with the new stamps and dies and run them through their paces! Ha, ha. Nina has created such a versatile set that we are featuring today. (Do not forget to enter a comment at the end of my post and be entered to win a stamp set of your choice from Waffle Flower Crafts!)



The name comes from the fact that this set is both a Tag and a Surface set, meaning that besides the tag pieces, it has lots of fun embellishments and backgrounds that play well together. Here is a photo of the Surface Tag Stamp Set.



And here are two of the coordinating die sets, the Surface Tag Die Starter Set and the Scallop Add on Die Set.

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Just imagine the possibilities.

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First of all, I love how the Scalloped Die Add On cuts so many pieces in one swipe. So darn cute. I was inspired to use this as a frame for a shaker box.

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This is what I call Anatomy of a Card. I added another stamp set (Notions Stamp Set) as an accent to the Surface Tag Stamp Set. The tiny hearts from the tag set are stamped in gold. Aww.

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Here is the smaller tag die which I stamped with the subtle dotted background stamp. Here is a little closer look.

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This also shows how I layered the tag reinforcers (love those). You can even get one free with a $25 order!

Kesti_Tag Hop Card


So here is the beauty shot! Thanks for taking a peek. Here is the complete order of the blog hop. Relax, enjoy and prepare to be wowed by the talent of this design team. I always am!

Waffle Flower
Joni Andaya
Katie Gehring
Kim Kesti  (That is me!)
Lorena Cantó
May Sukyong Park
Suzanne Dahlberg 

And leave a comment by Midnight, July 8th to win a stamp set of your choice! (You know you want the Surface Tag set! Hee, hee).


paper smooches july release blog hop

Hi friends! I know it has been awhile since I posted some Paper Smooches, so I am excited to say that it is Pep Rally Week! We are here today to share a sampling of the NEW Paper Smooches July/August release with you!  FIVE new stamps and EIGHT new dies are now available to purchase. You will find our new releases HERE. Our new stamps and dies will release at midnight (eastern time) on June 30.  (12:01am on July 1st EST).

To add extra fun to our blog hop, we are offering up a prize! The prize is a $25. gift code to choose what you like at the PS online store.

Here are the details:

  • FOUR winners will be chosen at RANDOM from any of the design team blogs and the PS Blog to win the $25. prize.
  • Just leave a comment on any of the design team blogs listed below or the PS blog for your chance to win!  (You do not need to comment on all blogs to qualify but it increases your chances).
  • Deadline: You have until midnight MT on Sunday, June 29th to leave a comment.
  • Please check the Paper Smooches blog on Monday, June 30th to see if you are one of the FOUR lucky winners.


Ashley Marcu

Betsy Veldman

Emily Leiphart

Erin Lincoln

JJ Bolton

Jocelyn Olson

Kalyn Kepner

Kim Kesti

Laura Bassen

Laurie Schmidlin

Michele Boyer

Mou Saha

Pamela Ho

Summer Fullerton

Teri Anderson

Wendy Sue Anderson

The new product I am playing with today is the Ghoulfriends stamp set and the coordinating dies. I am also sneaking in an extra die, see if you can spot it!



I had to dig through my archives for these photos from the pirate party we had for Harrison, yes, in 2011. I have NEVER scrapped these photos. I think I wanted to make a little mini album at one point, but never did it. Well, I am lucky these are perfect for the Ghoulfriends die set. I adore the creepy spider web and tiny spider. And how about that line of webbing?

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That stitched line is from the new die set called Stitches, ha, ha. I thought it was great for the spiders to be dropping from their webs. If you look at the web on the left side of my layout, you can see that I die cut through my photos and everything. Love that look. I actually only used a few of the stamps, you will absolutely love seeing the whole set!

Okay, off you go to enjoy the blog hop. Remember to leave a comment for a chance to win! Tell me about an older photo that you have scrapped, or want to scrap!


fancy pants giveaway

Hey there! I am posting today over at Paper Crafts Connection today with some Monster-ific Treat Bag projects. To spread the fun around, I thought I would host a giveaway right here at Think Fast!

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Here is a little sneak peek of my post. To check it out in full, click HERE.

Facny Pants Giveaway_Kesti


And here is a photo of the Fancy Pants goodies up for grab. I just wanted to share the wealth! Hee, hee. Leave me a comment about a generous person in your life, and I will enter you to WIN!

Have a grand day.

p.s. You only have a day or so to vote in the Gallery Idol 2014 Contest, click here to check out the top five finalists!

waffle flower loved stamp set

Hello, friends! Well, so much for my summer schedule, ha, ha. I had full intentions of posting this yesterday, but life sort of got in the way. I have a really ambitious goal of posting every Monday, Wednesday and Friday will all kinds of crafty fun. MUST get on this.

Well, it is always fun to start out with announcing a winner! Helen Gullett won the stamp set from Waffle Flower Crafts! Yay! I will send you an email, Helen. So, I figured why not celebrate with Helen and post another Waffle Flower card?



This card featured the brand new Loved stamp set. I love that this set is so ultra versatile. I am slowly getting more comfortable with builder sets, especially when I see what other crafters create with sets like this. Amazing! I stamped my images, then popped up the center with an oval die. I think it adds a little extra interest. I really enjoy the stationery effect of this card. Here is a peek at the actual set.



See how interesting it is to combine all these fun elements? Super dying over the fantastic card Katie made, click HERE to see.

Okay, better run the kiddos to the library so I can come home and craft! Devious. Ha, ha.


waffle flower new stamp set

Hello! I am excited to be sharing a card using the brand new Flower Circles Stamp Set from Waffle Flower Crafts. This is my favorite set from the new release. I can totally see myself making tons of cards with different looks. Awesome.



Here is the stamp set. I can just see the wheels turning in your mind!


And here is my card. I used watercolors to paint the background circles (notice they are quite uneven and overlapping, love this look). Then, I used two of the texture circles from the set and stamped over the blue and green watercolor. The blue shows up quite nice, but my greens may have been too close in hue. It does show up better in real life, ha, ha.

But, my favorite was stamping the centers on the pink circles. The darker pink really pops, right? I die cut the center window for my sentiment to finish off this card. Super fun!

(P.S. I did NOT use any fancy watercolors for this, just your basic kid set. I really need to bite the bullet and get some nicer paints).

Guess what? I am giving you the chance to win one of these Flower Circles Stamp Sets! How fun is that? Please leave me a comment about your experience with watercolors, have you ever tried them? Loved them? What kind do you like? I will keep the comments open until Tuesday night, June 10th at Midnight, PST. Good luck!


congratulations graduates

I figured I had better post this graduation card before grad season is over. However, if you are like me, you will still be sending cards out for a week or two. Keith is the oldest in his family, so it has been fun to see some of his younger siblings reach the First Graduate milestone. Congrats to all those starting the exciting journey of I Can Choose My Own Way.



I just adore this stamp set from My Favorite Things Stamps! If you follow that link you will see the stamps along with some matching die sets under Related Products. Laina Lamb has designed this set so it is no surprise that I love it, she creates things exactly my style. But, I really love how flexible this set is, it has such a great variety of sentiments, sizes, etc. Ha, ha, okay my commercial is over (huh, I really need to set up an affiliate account with these guys, right?).

But, really. The card was easy to build, I stamped the sentiment, added the die cut panel, then layered it up with some patterned paper and glitter ribbon. Fun!

Happy Graduation Class of 2014!


DIY die storage

Magnet DIY_Kesti


Wow! Posting my second DIY for the week. Fun stuff! It is all about getting my studio organized so I can work more effectively. I have ulterior motives which I will tell you about next week. Hee, hee.

So, my second project (also with help from Tristam, did I tell you he is an architect and a darn good designer?) is efficient storage for my steel dies. The basket and plastic bags were just not working any more.

Magnet DIY


You may have seen other crafters using these large magnetic vent covers (found at the home improvement store), I am not sure who first clued me in. But, they are tons less expensive than buying sheets from the craft store.  Of course, I needed four sheets and the vent covers come in packs of three. Go figure. I did not want to glue these directly to my wall, so I picked up a large piece of black foam core board. (Um, yeah, also did not want white edges showing!)

Step One, adhere the vent covers to your foam board, let dry.

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Step Two, trim the pieces into more manageable sections. We used an old piece of plywood for a large cutting mat.

Magnet DIY3


Continue trimming until all four pieces are neat and tidy. These pieces fit perfectly on the end of my cabinet. I love that this used to be a wasted space. You may end up with pieces adhered to one large board, etc. Make it work for you!

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Step Three, getting them up on my cabinet. I used the same foam mounting tape as I did on my metal shelves. It is great stuff. I also did not want these permanently on my cabinet. This tape will not ruin the finish if I ever decide to take it down.

Magnet DIY_Kesti


Step Four, load them up with dies. I generally keep all of my favorite basic shapes here, Paper Smooches, My Favorite Things, Spellbinders. It is so nice to have these handy and visible. No more digging!



All of the dies that coordinate with stamps are stored WITH their stamp sets here in my storage envelopes.

Okay, looks like my next few posts ought to be cards now that I am ready to craft!


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