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.

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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.

Tiny Tags 4


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!


september designer playdate

NO, it cannot possibly be the last Wednesday in September. Cannot. Be.

Ha, ha. But, yes it is. Summer has flown by. The first day of fall is behind us and even here in Arizona we are getting glimpses of cooler weather. Fun! And, today really is a fun day, too. It is time for the (Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking) Go to Gals and our designer playdate. We get together in our virtual world once a month, just for fun!

Today we are playing with products from the adorable stamp company of Winnie and Walter! Not only is their website fresh and clean but their offering of stamps and die cutting files is trendy and on topic. I was super excited to receive several sets to play with.

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Here is the card I created with the Scenery Big Bang Confetti (such a cute name) and the way amazing Iwillusethisonealot sentiment set The Big the Bold and You. As you can see, I stamped the confetti background with Versamark and heat embossed with clear powder. Then, I layered about every pink ink pad I own to create the background. I love that it is not stamped perfectly. It is perfectly imperfect, right?

I am off to pay a visit to my amazing cousin Deb today. She just had DOUBLE knee replacement surgery last week. This card goes to her because she is strong and will knock this recovery flat. Go, Deb!

Please check out all the other Go to Gals and see what they have come up with for the challenge this month. I am excited to see if anyone used the fun digital files from Winnie and Walter.

Teri Anderson
Laina Lamb
Kimberly Crawford
Heather Campbell
Laura Williams

p.s. Check out Plugged In with Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking today for a blog post hosted by little ole me.

waffle flower starry night stamp set

Hello! I feel like I am coming down from a card making high! Hee, hee. The submission deadline for the ultimate Card Creations Volume 13 is Monday night, so a lot of us card making fools have been busy this weekend. Card Creations is one of the Paper Crafts titles that is still in full glorious print, so it is always an exciting issue. And, volume 13 is shaping up to be a real winner!

While playing with my new Waffle Flower Crafts stamp sets, I came up with this little cutie using the Starry Night set

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I know! Another shaker card! But honestly? I love them. Here is how this card came to be:

Kesti_Starry Night process


I stamped the darling cloud and sentiment in the center of my cardstock. Then, I stamped all kinds of navy blue stars including lots of bitty ones. Next, I added tiny dots of Stickles to some of the stars. You know, so they glitter a bit. I had fun picking out some pretties for inside the shaker; I chose more stars, white, silver, square and opalescent sequins. Fun stuff!

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For the frame, I die cut the Waffle Flower Surface Tag die, then splattered it with the Tsukineko irResistible spray. I wanted to share the above photo so you can see the shaker in action. LOVE it!

Okay, off to play with stamps a little more.