betsy day

Ha, ha. It feels like it is going to be Betsy Day all over the internet today. You may be here from Plugged In with Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking, or you may be here from one of the Go To Gals, but we are all here for one reason. To celebrate Betsy Veldman. (She is gonna die when she reads this). Seriously, Betsy is one of the most amazing scrap talents out there, cards, layouts, mini books, home dec projects, you name it, she does it in a style all her own.

No, it is not her birthday, but all the folks at Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking Magazine are wishing Betsy well as she leaves her post as a Go To Gal. She will still be around as a contributor and as a friend, but everyone needs to set priorities and make tough life decisions. I have watched her role at Papertrey Ink grow as a designer and creator and know personally that her kids are always at the top of her To Do List (I can relate), so I can appreciate the need to let something go. Best of wishes to one of my first paper crafting friends as she continues her journey!

Betsy Card_Kesti


This card is for Betsy. I have tried to channel my inner Veldman, but it is a tough row to hoe. Ha, ha. Betsy has such a great style, I think of pink and coral, blue and aqua, stripes and florals, watercolor and scripty sentiments when I think of Betsy. And I know one thing for certain, she brightens my day!

Good luck, Betsy!


p.s. For tons of great inspiration, just head over to Pinterest and type Betsy Veldman in the search bar. Be prepared to stay awhile!


waffle flower crafts riverside stamp set

Hi again! Some of you may have seen my sneak peek of a new Waffle Flower stamp set on Instagram or my blog last week. Today, I am debuting the card! (Much clapping all around). Ha, ha.



This is one of those cards that just kind of made itself. I was playing around with the mountain stamps and dies first of all. I stamped the mountains mint green because I thought it looked a little wintry. So, then I had to add snow capped peaks, of course! That lead to die cutting a ton of little trees.

Riverside_Kesti_Die cut


(That is my tip for the day, leave your tinier dies attached together, you are less likely to lose them that way).



My little tiny trees felt lonely, so they begged for a sprinkling of snow. Ha, ha. I was just sent the new irRESISTible colored texture spray from Imagine Crafts. This spray is fantastic! Yes, it is a little messy to spray (I keep a cardboard box handy), but the texture is amazing and the color is super vibrant. Once dry, it really mimics snow!



I love the idea of combining stamp sets, too. This is something I tend to do a lot with my Waffle Flower sets. This card features both Riverside and A Homemade Christmas.



I thought the sentiment was perfect, especially after I stamped the little house and nestled it into the woods.



Thanks for letting me share my process just a bit. The heat is pretty bad here in Phoenix right now, but I feel cooler just looking at this card! Hee.


paper smooches blossoming buds

Wow! It is a Saturday Share. We are busy around here cleaning, shopping, prepping school lunches and checking supply lists. You got it, school starts on Monday! (Fist pump). The kids have been SO bored this last week. It is like they know summer is ending and they are just cranky pants. Mom, too. Ha, ha!

Popping in today to tell you that I have a layout up on the blog over at Paper Smooches!


Click HERE to see the whole layout.

In the meantime, I made a card with the very same Blossoming Buds set, I just adore this new flower set from Kim! It is a blast to color, cut, layer, etc.

Flower and Frame card_Kesti


Have a good weekend.


let your journey bloom

journey bloom


I have hinted a couple times about something fun and new in my life, namely that I have started a new job. I love paper crafting. That is no secret, right? About six months ago I started doing contract work for Spellbinders and their brother company Journey Blooms. You are certainly familiar with Spellbinders, gorgeous intricate dies galore. Now, this new partner has just launched an exciting new opportunity called Fun Stampers Journey.

It might seem a little confusing, but essentially Fun Stampers Journey is business opportunity about sharing your creativity in a home party setting, with Journey Coaches demonstrating, stamping and die cutting. See? That is the tie in, gorgeous stamps with unique coordinating dies (enter Spellbinders). It all fits together. And, much to my delight, the Fun Stampers Journey collection is more Kesti style, with bright happy colors, fun cute stamps and amazing dies.



Here is one card I created for the website (follow that link for more info) using the signature Journey Bloom Flower. Just fun, bright and happy. The site is brand new, you can see a good variety of products there, but the full catalog launch is not until September.

fsj event


Speaking of September, guess where I will be the 4th-6th? In California at The Grand Event. You really need to check it out HERE. This is the first big debut of Fun Stampers Journey, and let me tell you, Richard Garay (the founder) does NOTHING half way. He is a delight (he is my boss over there at Spellbinders/Journey Blooms). A very creative, generous and energetic guy. The Grand Event will be three days of classes, demonstrations, giveaways, meals and MORE. All for $300! (I mean, seriously. The giveaways alone will be worth at least half of that, or more knowing Richard). You all need to check it out. I will be teaching and chatting and having a ball there.

If you want a sneak peek and see a glimpse into the personality driving this business, check out THIS video! (Oh, and like them on Facebook HERE).

Okay, enough chatting your ear off. Long story short, after trying on the fit for six months, I have taken the plunge to join the Spellbinders/Journey Blooms family on a permanent basis. They are based just a few minutes from my home here in Phoenix, Eloise is staring first grade, and the opportunity to help launch Fun Stampers Journey, it all became the Perfect Storm. Ha, ha.

Of course, I will still be blogging and creating. My term with Pebbles was up July 31st, so I did let them go. (Their new team is amazing). Life will be different, but all in a good way.

Thanks for your support!


iron craft episode 18

Hey to all my crafty friends. You might be interested in knowing that I am appearing in Episode 18 of Iron Craft. Hee, hee. Chaitali invited me to play along quite awhile ago and we were finally able to make our schedules mesh. So, we both set up a video chat and Chaitali recorded it for an episode. I was using an iPad, so I will apologize in advance for the somewhat choppy feed, my fault entirely.

But, we had a lot of fun chatting and we also each created a card using a Paper Smooches stamp set. You will have to jump over there to see both cards! HERE is a link to all of Season 2, just click the link at the bottom of the page, or watch on YouTube.

One thing I tried to show was a few of the newer things in my craft room. And, during the interview I promised to share the name and a photo of my new IKEA paper organizer. I typically work on 3-4 projects at once, kind of revolving them across my desk as I get inspiration. So, this Kvissle Letter Tray works perfectly.

Kvissle Ikea Tray


Good thing I did NOT try to pronounce on the video. Ha, ha. I actually still do not know how to pronounce it. I should ask my Swedish sister in law!

So, enjoy the video and I will be back tomorrow with some other exciting news (such a tease).


waffle flower winner and a sneak peek

First of all, I promised to announce the winner of the Loved Stamp Set today. It is Lisa O’Brien! Yay! (I will shoot you an email, Lisa).

And, since it is Release Week over at Waffle Flower Crafts, I though I would post a sneak peek of the card I created using the sets that are being introduced today.

Riverside Stamp Set and Die Set



I LOVE building little scenes! So, it is no surprise that this set is probably my favorite of the release. I cannot wait to share the whole card (and a bit of my process), check back next for the full reveal! And, mark your calendars, you can buy any of the new sets beginning on August 5th. In the meantime, follow that link above (for the stamp set) and enter to win some great prizes (Nina is giving stuff away all week).


paper crafts designer playdate

I know, it is the end of July already. Waah! Yay! I am happy and sad. Sad that summer is going by too fast, but HAPPY that today is play day with my fellow Go To Gals! We usually get together once a month to create projects using the same (or similar) products from one manufacturer.

This month, we are working with amazing Hazel and Ruby goodies. We had a chance to visit with Jayme and Lindsay while I was in Utah a few months ago, we even had a tour of their cute creative space (they share one with My Mind’s Eye). We were also loaded up with great products to take and create with. I am so excited to see what the other gals came up with!



I decided to go with a pretty basic craft. I have used the Hazel and Ruby tissue to wrap gifts with, but I have been wanting to try the stencil masks out. I picked the Everyday Words set. I picked up a piece of masonry board and painted it white. Then, I applied the tissue paper with Mod Podge (I also applied a coat of Mod Podge OVER the tissue paper and let it dry). Next, I positioned the vinyl words from the set. They are nice and thick and easy to position.



I have seen white a few canvases and boards painted over with white, so I thought I would experiment with another color. Ha, experiment is right! I picked this fun lime green and painted over the letters and the tissue with green.



Here is my finished project. It is sure not perfect, but it sure was fun! I do not know if I like the green and pink contrast, maybe white would have been better. But, Eloise thinks it is just great. We have a lot of polka dots in her room, so this will be a cute addition.

I was pleased with how easy it was to apply the letters, paint over them and remove them. The best part? You can use them over and over again. Something I definitely want to try again.

Kick back and head over to the other blogs now! Here are some links for you.

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



waffle flower crafts project and giveaway

Hi friends! Wow! Is is just me, or is summer flying by? We enjoyed having my sister Jen in town over the past weekend, it was hard to say goodbye this afternoon. She is facing a rough road (along with her whole family) as her daughter Katie is in the last stages of her battle with brain cancer. She is such a little fighter, but now is ready for peace and rest.

On a happier note, I wanted to announce the last two winners of my blog giveaways. I think I need an assistant to help me with all the pesky details around here (along with my dishes, laundry and dirty toilets, ha!). The Fancy Pants Giveaway is going to Julie A. Shearer (whoot!) and the winner of the Xyron Sticker Maker is Janis in IN! (Lucky to have a name starting with J, I guess!)

And, why not share a new project using Waffle Flower Crafts while I am on a roll? It is almost time for the new release, but I am not quite ready to give up any of my June release sets! Hee, hee. Today I am using the Loved stamp set.



So friendly and versatile! We have a wedding in the family (no, not any of my kiddos, ha!), so I had the idea to embellish a larger coin envelope. Let us face reality, most young couples love CASH for a wedding gift. This is a fun way to give cash without just sticking it loose in a card.



I wanted to backtrack and share a bit of my inspiration for this envelope. First, I dug through some of my scraps and found these pieces from the Story of Us collection by Simple Stories.



I love that this is essentially a wedding collection, but it has some fun and fresh colors included with the black and white. So, after stamping my main image, I referred to this paper to color the flowers, etc.



Then, I added one piece of the coordinating chipboard on the panel. Actually, it was quite simple and easy to create this card! Have you ever decorated these types of envelopes?

Hey, thanks for taking a peek! To reward your patience, I am giving away one of the Loved stamp sets (as pictured above). SWEET! Thanks, Nina for your generosity. Leave me a comment about the last wedding you attended and I will enter you to WIN. (Comment by Friday night, August 1st, then check back on August 2nd for a sneak peek of the newest Waffle Flower Crafts release!)


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.