sequin shaker blog hop

Hello everyone! Waffle Flower Crafts is sponsoring the Sequin Shaker Blog Hop hosted by Pretty Pink Posh. It is the first blog hop for Pretty Pink Posh and crafters everywhere are pretty excited! A different sponsor will be debuting all week long leading up to the big hop on April 26th.

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So, today it is our turn! That is, the whole Waffle Flower Design Team is participating by creating fun sequin shaker cards. Check out everyone here:
Waffle Flower
Joni Andaya
Katie Gehring
Kim Kesti  (You are here!)
Lorena Cantu
May Sukyong Park
Suzanne Dahlberg

Of course, everyone is invited to link up your sequin shaker cards on the hop day to join. If you need more sequins, you can use coupon code BLOGHOP to save 15% on your order at Pretty Pink Posh from now through the hop day.

Here is the card I came up with:

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Can I just say that I love the Pretty Pink Posh sequins? I used the Fresh Mint and Metallic Gold for my shaker card. I trimmed a sweet little window that reminded me a bit of a collared blouse, then I added the adorable Mailable 3D Bow Template. Yes, it is mailable because the bow is designed to flatten, then pop back out! It is so darn sweet.

Waffle and Posh_Kesti

Here is another shot since that first one has such a dumb glare on the acetate. Now you can see how the sequins just shake around. Fun!

So, enjoy the shaker cards all week long and do not forget to link up your very own cards when the big hop starts (April 26th). I have a feeling there are lots of prizes involved.
Waffle Flower Crafts is even offering a Bowtiful Stamp Set and a Bowtiful Die Set as a prize! Good luck, everyone! Happy Crafting!


waffle flower hey mr stamp set

Hey, Mister! Ha, ha. I love the name of this stamp set.



Those of you who have followed my blog for a bit know that my husband Keith is the ultimate Mr Fix It! So, I was thrilled to see this great set from Nina. (You can see it at Waffle Flower HERE.) AND, guess who just had his big fiftieth birthday this past week? Yep, my hubby. Here is the card I created, just for him.

Kesti_Hey Mr Card

I mean, how perfect is that? The only thing missing is a bit of electrical tape, but I could not sneak into his shop without him knowing, so pfft. (He does not do duct tape much since his first job was as an electrician, but that would have been cute, too).

So, happy birthday to Keith! Your first fifty were pretty great, keep it going, honey.

And, to the rest of you, Happy Easter! I will be back for several posts this week, including another one with Waffle Flower, so stay tuned!



bowtiful stamp set and die from waffle flower

EDITED: Contest for Waffle Flower Crafts end tonight, Friday at 11:59pm PST. (Forgot to post the time earlier, thanks and good luck!)

Three cheers for Tuesday! I mostly say that since my Eloise has been sick since last Friday and even missed her Sunday School Picnic. She was so sad. Brought her to the doctor and guess what? She had the flu. Hmph. I probably could have told you that. But, I always worry a bit more for her since she has the asthma complication. But, she is on the mend now. Goodbye yucky stuff.

Hello new stamp sets and dies from Waffle Flower Crafts! I am excited to be posting my first official card as part of the talented Waffle Flower design team. Today I want to show off the Bowtiful Stamp Set just a bit. This is the kind of stamp set you look at and think: there are so many clever things I can do. Then, you just start stamping and doggone if everything just looks so cute. Hee, hee.




So, then you decide to just let the stamps do all the work. I did use the matching Bowtiful Die to cut out my bows, then stamped the stitched outline right on top of the patterned paper. Tip: choose simple patterns so the stamp can shine. I also added some lovely sprinkles of star confetti behind the bows. Love those.

I have two ways to celebrate my first post. First, leave me a comment to win a ten dollar gift code for the Waffle Flower shop. Second, use this coupon and receive a FREE little heart die with orders over $50.00. This little die is definitely the cutest thing ever.

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So, thanks for taking a peek at my simple card. It was so fun to create. I will be sharing my version of more new stamp sets in the days ahead, so stay tuned!


new kid on the block waffle flower crafts

Pretty exciting news for the craft world debuted on Monday, the very talented Nina Yang has stepped up the game and launched her new stamp company Waffle Flower Crafts.

I have to tease her a bit because I am a big fan of both waffles and crafts, so this was a no brainer for me. Hee, hee. Actually, Nina is spot on with her branding, packaging and of course, her beautiful stamp sets right from the get go.



Congratulations to Nina on this exciting adventure! I first met Nina at a local crop a few years ago and right away she impressed me with her talent and her humble spirit. She truly loves crafting for crafting sake and is always willing to share her techniques and trade secrets. I am just excited that she is now sharing her creativity via the new Waffle Flower stamp sets and dies. Whoo hoo!

On a lesser note (except maybe for me), Nina has invited me to help launch her new enterprise by joining her design team. (Big fist pump). I look forward to playing with her new releases (which happen every other month). Today, the Notions Stamp Set is going live! Here is my little sneak peek.



I adore this beautiful sentiment, it really does stand on its own, but I could not resist dabbling a bit with the other fun pieces in the set. So, I made a little tab to pull out.



I thought it would be fun to add a handwritten note. Really, I just wanted to play with those way cute little spools and such. Hee, hee.

Please check out the Waffle Flower website HERE for all the exciting news, all week long.


march designer challenge with echo park

Hello friends! So happy to have you popping in today. Life is just grand lately, how are things with you? Sometime you just have to sit back and count your blessings, right?

My job with Paper Crafts magazine is one of those blessings. Although I hesitate to call it a job. Hee, hee. It is more like having fun and getting paid for it. If only everyone were so lucky.

Today the other Go To Gals and I are hosting our monthly challenge. This time around we are featuring the products of Echo Park Paper (and of course including the Carta Bella collections). Please check out the other blog posts, and be sure to give a warm welcome to our newest Go To Gal, the amazing Laina Lamb!


As for me, I am almost embarrassed because these cards were so easy to create. The texture of the heavyweight paper, the adorable vintage graphics and the vibrant colors pretty much do the work for you! I used the Celebration line by Alisha Gordon. SO, so fun!


I mean, really? How cute is that little guy on the right? Um, I just noticed my sticker is a tiny bit crooked, shoot. I will fix that right now. Ha, ha. But, back to the design, I just used the journaling cards, added some stickers, twine and a single enamel dot. Boom.

Enjoy the mini blog hop today! We all just play for fun, and to give a shout out to the generous manufacturers out there. Another blessing in my life, for sure.


pebbles garden party



Popping in to share some quick and easy cards I recently made with the new Pebbles Garden Party Collection. Pebbles never ceases to amaze me, they come up with line after line that remains true to their adorable style, but still stands on its own as unique and fresh. Garden Party does that exact thing.



I made four cards following the same basic design. I covered my card base with patterned paper after trimming just one edge with zig zag scissors. (Yes, I still use decorative scissors occasionally). Then, I picked a frame or tag and adhered it to the card.



Then, I added a few little accents, like the paper flowers or bees and lastly, affixed the butterfly! These cards could not be easier, no stitching, basically no trimming, just paper and glue. Gotta love it.

What is the latest card you created? Birthday? Anniversary? Just because? Please share.


lucky day

I am so happy you gals keep me on my toes! I had forgotten to pick a winner for the Technique Tuesday mini blog hop we had. Random generation of a winner has chosen Colleen F.! Yay! This is actually extra fun since today is that special day for Saint Patrick. I think Colleen must be an Irish name, right? Hee, hee.

Kimmers Magical Spring 1


Well, here is a card for all you lucky folks out there. I had a blast making this one with the giant gold button, even my leprechaun has a lucky gold tooth!

(I will send you an email, Colleen F.)


mama elephant tutorial

I was playing around with some new stamps from Mama Elephant the other day and thought it might be fun to share a little technique and talk about my card making process a wee bit.

Full house


This is the Full House set (which I just love), you can find it HERE. So, when I pulled this set out I thought it would be fun to do a little paper piecing. I am a pretty basic stamper, so I started with the row of houses in Tuxedo Black.



Yeah, pretty basic. Hee, hee. Then I grabbed a new 6 X 6 paper pad (love these tons, too) and stamped a few extra houses.



I just flipped through the pad and chose to stamp on the smaller patterns.



Then, I decided where I wanted my sentiment (instead of leaving it for last like usual), and started trimming out little houses.



I looked at it for a bit, then figured it needed to be grounded, so I added the bottom piece of paper. This also helped me decide which houses to decorate with paper. I think doing all of them would be too busy. You might notice that my houses more or less line up with the stripes in the paper. Kind of fun!



To finish the card, I tied twine around the panel then adhered it to a kraft base. Then, I added a puffy sun sticker. It still seemed a little plain, so I popped some enamel dots and spritzed a little sunny yellow mist around the sun. It doesn’t show up so well in this photo, but the mist added a little extra zip to the card.

So, there you go. A nice basic stamping job, a little paper piecing action and some color pop makes a fun card! Thanks for stopping by!


true stamp 2014

What day is it? Friday!! You know it is going to be a great day when the house is clean, two completed projects are sitting on my desk, and I have some really GREAT information to share.

I have a friend named Lain. We go back a ways, back to my teaching days at Creating Keepsakes University. Lain is one of those ladies with the most infectious personalities, full of energy and always smiling. I mean, always.

Lately, besides her amazing Layout A Day concept, Lain is also involved in bringing to life the True Stamp events.

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The event this year is coming right up, but you still have plenty of time to register. Oh? You want to know what it is?

 True Stamp 2014 is an online stamping class. But really? It is so much more. Six wonderful instructors will teach stamping techniques in six sessions in a video format. The teachers are some of my favorite from the industry including our very own Kim Hughes from Paper Smooches! Yay! So, you get access to all the classes on April 5th and of course, you can go back later and view them again anytime you need to. Something like 250 folks have already registered and I can just imagine stampers all over the world crafting like crazy on April 5th. SO much fun!

The extra good news? You can use the code LOVE to save $48 bucks at checkout. That is almost half off! But, hurry and register because this code is only good until March 17, 2014.

Grab the stamps you already own and get ready to learn! There will prizes during class from the amazing sponsors, but I love that True Stamp is geared towqard teaching you new ideas with the stamps you have in your stash. Way to go, Lain!