Monday, April 30, 2012

Casual CASE

I'm playing along with the CASE challenge and CAS-ual Fridays with this flowery card. The image is a Hero Arts digi that I won in one of the scrambles. I am super lucky in randomly won stuff. One time when I was about 6 my grandparents' church had a raffle. They asked me to pick the names out of the hat. There were about 20 prizes, and 5 of them went to my family. I can remember people's faces as I kept drawing my family's names out. Those nice church people were a little suspicious :)

Anyway, the digi, which I left uncolored because I thought it made a simple but strong impact, is on top of some embossed kraft paper and a hot pink base. The new ribbon is from Ribbon Carousel. I bought it in a couple colors, which I mean, you have to, right? Otherwise the shipping is wasted :) This is for their challenge, too.

P.S. I mimicked the embossing and the colors and the flowers with my card for the CASE challenge. 

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Feeling Colour Q

A little more rock and roll here. I used the ColourQ colors, and thought to myself that I'd try using 2 colors on each butterfly. I rock and rolled to different degrees, that is the middle is mostly red, the left is mostly pink, the right is kind of balanced. I like the technique. I hope you do too. The butterflies and sentiment is from Taylored Expressions's Discover Your Wings. I won the set as part of the Splitcoast Stampers Breast Cancer Awareness card drive for MD Anderson last fall. It has some lovely flower stamps that I haven't gotten to yet.

I am playing along with the Feeling Sketchy gals and the ColourQ challenge. I was very honored to be chosen by Feeling Sketchy last week as a Top Four for this card. And have you seen the ColourQ badge? It uses the Ryan Gosling Hey Girl meme. Hilarious.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Moxie Butterflies

If you're here because of my Fidelia's Sister's article about foster parenting and pastoring, thank you. There's more info here.

I used a little bit of the rock and roll technique here to make my butterflies and dragonflies. I think it worked better with the similar colors than the blue and green, but I still liked the effect. The images are from Taylored Expressions' Discover Your Wings set, and I'm playing along with the Moxie Fab Tuesday Trigger.

Here's the inspiration photo. Thanks for coming by!

Friday, April 27, 2012


I chose to follow the patterns in the Runway Inspired Challenge inspiration photo. I saw a sort of chevron pattern in the silver which I mimicked with the Basic Grey Konnichiwa paper. I wanted to use some gold ribbon, but had this fantastic yellow that I chose instead. The hearts are hand drawn. I thought the card just needed a little something more. Thanks for coming by!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Hello Friends

I wrote a little piece for The Young Clergy Women's Project which was published today. I feel ecstatic and exposed and especially (sorry, I'll stop with the alliteration) appreciative of those of you who have come this way because of the piece.

This is mostly a card blog, but I like to put up posts about stuff I like to read like here and here and here.

Sometimes I put up 7 on Saturday or even 10 on Tuesday.

Here I wrote about hope. And here I wrote about princess parties.

If you're here to read about foster care, well, you've read the best thing I've written about it. If you want to talk any time about foster care, you can email me at kaybelle at hotmail dot com. I'd be glad to tell you about my experience.

So, thanks for coming by. I love that we're all in this together, or that's what I hope you think too. Remember, you're not alone.

Cheers, Kerry

Retro Girls

I'm playing along with the Retro Sketches challenge using the colors from the Just Us Girls color challenge. I'm case-ing pretty shamelessly from the gorgeous cards made by the DTs. You should check them out. I used a Paper Smooches stamp, Hero Arts flowers and green nailheads, and a Sizzix embossing folder. Thanks for coming by!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Papertrey Blog Hop

I'm playing along with PaperTrey Ink Blog Hop. There was a pretty picture for inspiration, which is below. I chose to focus on the colors, the softness of the image and the patterns. I used both the Simply Stationary set and Grunge Me. I stamped the Grunge Me in an uneven line because, well, it's Grunge Me :) The heart is from Hero Arts. I didn't have exactly the right thing, which I take as a sign I need more stamps, right? hee hee. 
We were on vacation this week. Here's a few pictures of my handsome hubby and fantastic children in Madison, WI. The boy in the hotel room, telling a story.

 My in-laws bought the girl her first trike. It's the smallest one they had in the store, set to the smallest setting. She is teeny!
 At the Children's Museum:

 She immediately strips every doll of their clothes. We don't know why :)

Here's the inspiration photo:

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Simple Playdate

This is my second post for today...

I made a couple simple cards for the Play Date Cafe challenge this week. The first features the Hero Arts peacock set. The second and third are from a set I got for 70%!!!!! off!!!! It makes me think of the book Where the Wild Things Are. A quick post - we're still on vacation :)

Taylored Expressions

I played along with the Splitcoast Stampers challenges in October to provide cards for MD Anderson for Breast Cancer Awareness month. Each day was a new challenge. It was great fun, and I won a few stamp sets from Taylored Expressions. Lucky me, eh? Here's a card I made using their sketch challenge. The sentiments and the butterflies are from the set Discover Your Wings. There's still a couple days left to play... :)

Monday, April 23, 2012

Ribbon tab and soap update!

I'm back with another card using that orange and white striped ribbon I adore. It's just so happy and springy. And as an almost red-head, orange is one of my favorite colors to wear. It is also one of the colors in the Ribbon Girl Company's Challenge, along with pink and aqua. I stamped in a bright bahama blue the dogwood from Hero Arts onto the canvas. Then I added a few hues of pink gems and the orange tab and a little hand stitching.

I mentioned last week that my brother made me a soap mold. It's a gorgeous wooden thing which will make classy bars of soap. Well, I couldn't wait for it to arrive, and I went ahead and made some using some Hobby Lobby molds, recycled yogurt containers, and the container those fantastic frosted cookies come in. It works just as well, but then they look like this:

In other words, they don't look classy, but they look awesome because I made them myself from scratch. They should have cured in about 2 more weeks. I'll update you then. I'm still just so excited that I made soap, something I'd been wanting to do for about 10 years. I have found that being in my  thirties has given me a sense of adventure and the wherewithall to try things I would have previously found prohibitive. Yeah for thirties.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

You are Amazing

I used the gorgeous colors from ColourQ and the sketch for Feeling Sketchy for this bright card. I am in love with that orange ribbon, which  has made a few appearances this week :) The sentiment is from Paper Smooches, and the paper is October Afternoon. The card base is grey. Have a happy Sunday!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Make it step up

The Make It Monday challenge over at Papertrey was to "step it up". Betsy Veldman did a fantastic video showing 3 cards with the same basic design with different levels of fanciness/difficulty. I made a simple card set using the stamps from Simple Stationary and a zipper die. This is the first card, where everything is one layer:
I followed Betsy's advice to attach your sentiment to part of your stamping so that it doesn't look like it's floating, but is incorporated in the design. Great idea. I love to watch card making videos for the little tiny tips that pros know that they've forgotten are revolutionary to us newbies. :)

And here's my version using the zipper die cut. PTI has been sold out of the coordinating stamp set for a while, so I just handwrote "open" on the pull tab section. Underneath I stamped "thank you". I also added some gems for a bit of pop.
I hope you like my whimsical cards. I enjoyed seeing how the cards came out when I layered the stamps. Are you playing along?

Friday, April 20, 2012

Lusciously Unscripted

Another day, another sketch challenge :) This time for Unscripted Sketches. Sketch challenges are my favorite. You know, besides color challenges and tool challenges and technique challenges and... Hee hee. A good sketch can get you most of the way to a pretty card, every time. Here I've used Hello Luscious Basic Grey paper with the Luscious stamp set by Basic Grey and Hero Arts. I embossed the flower in that gorgeous blue shade and rounded a couple corners.

I hope you're having a good weekend. We're going to the semi-annual family reunion for my husband's father's family. Fun shall be had by all. Take care!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Retro Konnichiwa

I adore the new paper and die cuts from the Konnichiwa collection by Basic Grey. Love, love, love. Here I used a sketch from Retro Sketches along with the Konnichiwa paper. I stamped the lantern with a Paper Smooches sentiment and added a few gems. Oh, and I punched the diamond paper edge with a Fiskars border punch. This card makes me so happy!  

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Hugs Hugs Hugs

I loved the sassy inspiration photo from the Paper Smooches Sparks challenge. I decided to follow the color pattern of the picture and use sentiments from the Simply Said set. This gorgeous ribbon is from American Crafts. I did a fake bow by wrapping the card front once, and then making a loop which I squished down and added gems onto. I am also playing with the CAS-ual Fridays challenge to use colors on the opposite of the color wheel. And while I'm at it, the Ribbon Carousel Challenge to use bright colors. :)

Monday, April 16, 2012

Oh, My Happy

I love the My Happy set from Hero Arts. I've made at least a dozen cards with it. Here I'm sharing 2 cards made with different parts of the set. See how flexible it is? :) I made the first card using a little bit of masking so as to make sure the front of the chevron was at each corner. The patterned circle is a separate stamp from the heart, but they fit together perfectly, right? The ink here is faded brick distress ink.

This shiny card (I don't know why it's so shiny) features the woodgrain circle from the set, which I stamped on kraft using fine linen distress ink. Very subtle. The bird on the branch was stamped with some green Memento ink, and I of course used a little twine to finish 'er off. I rounded one corner for a little interest.

I'm going to play hooky this afternoon and see the Hunger Games. I devoured the books and am eager to see how it translates to the screen. Have you seen it?

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Seven on Saturday

1. Randomly today I thought to myself "I do still love L.L. Cool J". I guess that means I'm still a lady.

2. Sketch week on the blog never got off the ground thanks to the poor girl-child's raging allergies which left her awake three nights in a row from about 1am -4am. We are far enough from the baby years to have lost that important endurance and have instead adopted the posture of zombies. We are grateful that a couple of days of steroids and increased nebulizer treatments have helped her ease back into her previous good sleeping habits. We're hoping the 'roids don't affect her mood. Ha.

3. I have now dived head first into the recipes in this book. Here's a view of the lip balm I made yesterday. Today I made another batch, this time using the cellini red mica powder I got. The light pink shade looks great, and I eventually got all the red off my hands thanks to my handy craft scrubbie. Tomorrow lotion bars.

4. I have applied for something I'm really excited about and will know about in a few weeks. It's not a new job, but it's something that will help me flex some dormant brain muscles. Brains have muscles, right? Ahem, perhaps I have made enough of a case for my need for this something.

5. My husband and I went to an alumni dinner for our Masters of Divinity program last night. It was really good to have big conversations for the sake of having big conversations. See previous mention of brain muscles. It was also good to see some favorite faculty. When I saw my advisor we exchanged small talk for a minute or two before I said, "I feel like I should give you a 3 minute data dump about everything I'm doing and thinking". She said, "I was hoping you would." And off we went. I thank God for all the inspirational, influential people who continue to care about me. It's good to be reminded of that.

6. I do not have words to express how excited I am about this:
MY BROTHER MADE ME A SOAP MOLD. Whoops, sorry. Didn't mean to shout. It'll be hand-delivered in a couple weeks when my mom and niece are here. CANNOT WAIT for all three of them to arrive.

My Time Throwdown Girls

I am playing along with the Just Us Girls challenge to sponge a layer, the Tuesday Throwdown challenge to use stickpin (inside the yellow bow) and the My Time Made Easy color challenge for kraft, red and yellow. The heart stamp is an oldie from Hero Arts, and the sentiment is from Skipping Stones Design. Thanks for the visit.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Hello Luscious

This is my second post for today.
Tee hee. I adore that name of the Basic Grey collection. I've used the BG paper here on the die cut flowers. I'm back again with that trust LifeStyle die set. I put the flowers in the upper corner, like the dress.  I stamped a Hero Arts My Happy set chevron across the bottom in Versamark. It's pretty subtle, but I wanted to mimic the white and off white of the model's dress. The sentiment is from Skipping Stones Design. A few gems finished it off. This is for the Runway Inspired Challenge.

I hope you're well.