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).

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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(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!


sticky u



Guess what? I just graduated from University. Well, Sticky U anyways! Ha, ha. I was invited to participate in this fun campaign by Tombow. You can check all the amazing projects by clicking HERE. There is a great variety to enjoy.

Sticky U selfie


Here is proof that I am part of the stickiest school around. The new Xtreme Adhesive is pretty amazing stuff. Once I got the hang of the swipe and flick method I was really impressed with the sticky power. I was anxious to try it on this new Fun Stamper’s Journey card cover because it has so many little die cut pieces. It drives me batty if those pieces are loose.

Christmas Joy Card


So, here is my finished project. I created it as a card (man, that adhesive even holds the ribbon exactly in place), but I am now thinking that I will throw this into a frame. Would that be cute, or what?

Thanks for taking a peek! And, you can send me a graduation card if you want to. Hee.


perrie and candyce are winners

Quickly popping in to share that the winners of my Create and Share Cardmaking class are Perrie and the friend she included, Candyce! Yay! I will enjoy both of you in class.

Class starts in just about a month, I am so excited. I will be giving you another chance to win TWO seats on Instagram. So, if you do not follow yet, check my out @kimkesti and be watching in the day or two to enter and win!


create and share cardmaking class returns


How is this for exciting news? Big Picture Classes and I have mutually agreed that my Create and Share Cardmaking class deserves a little rerun! I am so excited! I put a lot of love and sweat (really, no tears) into this fun class so I am really pleased that it is being offered again. And, of course, I cannot resist adding a wee bit of content. Ha, ha, how about six weeks worth of card lessons (videos, guests, techniques, etc) PLUS twelve brand new cards for the holidays? YES!

The class starts on November 20th, so please check it out HERE. The original content is returning, including a fun, active message board, all of the sketches and instruction, and pdfs. We had such fun last go round, I think we had close to 300 students from all around the world. It really turned into a fun place to hang out – the gallery was filled with amazing cards, we had our own Pinterest board, and sweet folks just filled the message boards with happy talk! I know you would really enjoy the class!

So, check it out and even share the news with a friend. Speaking of a friend, please leave me a comment right here about a friend who might enjoy the class and I will enter BOTH of you to win a free spot in class! That is TWO free spots!

Enter by Sunday, October 19th, Midnight PST (that is just a few days away).



waffle flower crafts tribal thanks card

Hi friends! I am sneaking in here at the end of a long weekend to post a new card I recently created. Have you all had a chance to see the new release from Waffle Flower Crafts? Oh my. It is a larger release than normal and is amazing! The motifs are spot on and the new sets to embellish your organizer and calendar? So perfect!

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I used two products for my card, the Tribal Thanks stamp set (so trendy) and the Flower Circles Die (which is so awesome). Both pieces have so many possibilities it is almost mind blowing.

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This is just the basic cut of the Flower Circle Die. It has the cutest little stitched edges and all the pieces cut so crisply. Love.

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Here is my finished card. I inked the edge of the Flower Circle Die so soften it, and I also did a little technique on the background of the stamped image. If you look closely you can see that I used watercolor paper and inked a soft background for the dream catcher.

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Tsukineko sent me some of this cool All Purpose Ink and the cute little Fantastix blender tools. Honestly, I have no idea if these are supposed to be used with the ink, but it sure worked well. I just kind of lightly painted it on the watercolor paper. I think it would blend beautifully if you had different shades of ink (but nothing else I had matched). Kind of fun to try out some new tools.

In any case, I really like how the stamped image looks kind of dreamy and soft for this card.

Okay friends, have to run. I have a fun, exciting offer for you tomorrow, so skip back, okay?


waffle flower crafts tiny tags

Hi there! Oh boy, I meant to post this earlier today, but I woke up with a killer of a headache. Now, I see that a storm is rolling in. Duh, pressure headache. Yuck!

But, I am feeling better and I really want to share a fun little project I recently created. Little certainly describes these tags!

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I thought it would be fun to get a jump start on my holiday tag making so I pulled out the A Homemade Christmas stamp set.



You can see all the adorable little pieces which inspired my tags. I used a mix and match of these little guys to make up five tiny tags.

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Oh, and I threw in the teeny Tiny Star Die, which is the cutest die ever!

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Here is a closer shot of the star die and the Home Sweet Home tag, I have attached them to small gift boxes, perfect for treats or party favors.

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This just might be my favorite tag of all. I used the Ho Ho Ho sentiment and just repeated it with the stitched lines stamp, and then I added the stars which had popped out of the star die. Fun!

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And, finally this little cutie. Making these tags was a blast!

So, next Saturday (October 4th) is World Card Making Day! Are you getting together with friends to crop? If you are in the Phoenix area, consider joining me at the Scrapbook Expo either Friday or Saturday. I am teaching classes for Spellbinders and Fun Stampers Journey both days! Be sure to say HI!