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Happy Labor Day Weekend, you all! I was just adding some projects to so I figured I would share them here. Sometime when I turn projects in, I forget to share them with you! My bad. Hee, hee.

Legacy Card1_Kesti


This is a fun card made with the new Legacy Collection. It is very much a heritage type of collection, perfect for scrapbooking family photos, but I think it works well for a card, too. Why not?

Sweater Card1_Kesti


And this one was created with my friend Michelle in mind. She loves the cute fox icon! A fun way to say Hello. (This collection is called Sweater Weather).

Off and running this weekend. Going to mix work and play getting ready for the Fun Stampers Journey Grand Even. Eek! We leave Tuesday. Excited!


august designer playdate

Hi there! I am joining my fellow Go To Gals in the designer playdate for August. I think we have just too much fun with these challenges! Hee, hee. Every month we try to pick a manufacturer or specific product and just see what we come up with. It is a cool exercise in creativity. Plus, we get to see what everyone else makes. I am nosy that way. Hee.

Today, Imagine Crafts is being featured. You might know them better as the Tsukineko folks. They sell all the best inks out there, the tried and true Versamark, the gorgeous Delicata pads, Staz On, etc. I was excited to bust out the new radiant Neon pigment pads for my project.



I really wanted to test out the pads and colors, so I stamped them with the Simon Says Stamp Square Sayings stamp. After stamping the squares and the sentiment, I also added a little bit of the irResisible texture spray (mine is Summer Sky). This stuff is really groovy (I am channeling the 1980s now). It is thicker than a mist, but acts similar. It takes a smidge longer to dry, but stays glossy when dry. A really fun product! (I used the white on a card lately and it looked just like snow!).

So, onwards to the other Gals. Please check out Teri, Heather, Laina and Laura for more inspiration. Enjoy!


waffle flower crafts starry night

Happy Friday! Since I have started work, this phrase has a whole new meaning! Ha, ha. Actually, it is less about work (which I love) and more about carpools, babysitters, kids after school, etc. Ah well, we are starting to settle into a little routine. Give us a week or so more and I think it will all work out.

In the meantime, I had a chance to pop into my studio and create a card with one of the new Waffle Flower stamp sets, Starry Night.



There are so many possibilities here. Since we have several friends who are expecting, I was in the mood to make a baby card. I love the two sentiments at the bottom of this set, they both work well for a baby card, right?

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It is really pretty simple, I stamped the moon and embossed it with clear powder. Next, I stamped the stars in a brighter yellow, then added strings with Gold Glitz Delicata ink. I also added some tiny dots to outline the starts with a gold marker.

Starry Night_Kesti


Here is a close shot of the stars. They are SO cute and tiny! Next, I misted the whole panel with Sky Mr. Huey. Love that. Lastly, I added the hand cut cloud and popped the sentiment up on foam dots. Okay, so that seems like a lot of steps, but it was really just a little of this and a little of that.

Thanks for taking a peek!


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).


pebbles birthday party

Just wanted to give you guys a heads up! I have a fun post over on the Pebbles blog, check it out HERE.

Birthday Wishes_Kesti4


AND, you have one more day to enter to win the Waffle Flower Loved stamp set (scroll back to my Tuesday post).

Good luck!