Sunday, September 29, 2013

Getting inspired and trying to do it all

As far back as I can remember, I was creating something whether it be making something from play dough, painting, coloring, sketching, photography well you get the idea, right? There was a short time, while my boys were still very young, that I did not have the time but yearned to get back into the "World of Creating". Today, I am in the position to be able to create, my boys are grown up (mostly) and my husband is beginning to understand how crafting is my therapy.  I go into my craft room, turn my music on, surf through youtube, Pinterest and Etsy, to get inspired, and create. I can't say it's cheaper than paying for a therapist because of my buying everything (almost) that I see, but it is certainly more enjoyable.
Now, there is a point to this blog entry. It's really me needing to get your opinion and/or advise on how to stay focused on projects. I have so many in my project file that I don't know where to begin. I started out scrapbooking then moved on to card making. I still scrapbook once a month and make cards for freinds and family. I was curious about mixed media so I took a class and loved it. Now I want to do more. I started a painting using water color pencils just because I'd never used them before but it's not finished. I was asked to sell my creations at a fundraiser for my son's high school and decided just to do scrapbook mini albums. Well, here I am doing decorative jars, altered boxes, etc. The problem is I like doing it all. Can we do it all? I do find myself getting frustrating. I would love to get your feedback.
Hugs,
Kimberly

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Just-A-Scrappin Design Team Challenge - Use Your Scraps

I just finished a Halloween themed mini album to sell at my son's high school holiday fundraiser they're having and overwhelming looked at all the scraps that I had accumulated. The light bulb went on! I could use these for the Just-A-Scrappin design team challenge for this week. Now, all the paper comes from scraps but I used a new Fiskars punch I got that is shaped like a puzzle piece. The little saying is a tag that came from a 'ol paper stack I had from a few years ago. I didn't keep the cover so I'm not sure who the manufacture is. I fussy cut it out then backed it up with an piece of scrap orange. The card base is black Recollections (5 x 6 1/2). On the inside I will place a piece of off white card stock and stamp "Happy Halloween" on it.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a sun shiny day!
Hugs,
Kimberly

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Mini Album - Halloween Theme

This mini album is loaded with a lot of great embellishments along with some fantastic Halloween colors anf other fun stuff!  Just another item I'll be selling at my son's high school's holiday fundraiser. So, sit back, relax and enjoy the next 20 minutes of this video showing exactly what I did. If you're interested in purchasing this album ($25) just leave me a comment and I'll get back to you.


Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a sun shiny day!
Hugs,
Kimberly

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog - ABC's and 123's

Yes, my boys are back to school (one in college and one a sophomore) but why does it seem like I'm busier than ever? Sigh...
Here is my entry for the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog. I had made this card last year so I'll do my best in remembering all the cartridges I used. Welcome back to school everyone!


Materials:
Card stock: DCWV light blue card stock
Cricut Cartridges: "Back to School" ~ Don Juan cut at 1 inch and inked lightly with Colorchak Blue.
                            Castle ~Doodlecharms cut at 3 inches
                             Sea Weed: Life's A Beach cut at 1 1/2 inches
                             Fish: Simply Charmed (?)
                             Sea shell and star: Pack Your Bags (?)
Bling: Recollections

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a sun shiny day.
Hugs,
Kimberly

Friday, September 20, 2013

Fall Home Decor - Candy Jar

What's the Fall Season without a little candy corn? Here is another product I've made for the High School Holiday Boutique Fundraiser. I've been wanting to try and make something with jars for such a long time. Please take a moment to watch how I've made them on youtube.com/sunshinecreation. If you're interested in purchasing one ($7.00) just leave a comment and I'll get back to you.

Materials:
Mason Jar: I purchased them at Beverly's.
Corn husk: Cut at approximately 2 inches with pinking shears both top and bottom. I then adhered them with 2 inch thick score tape that was wrapped around the middle of the jar.
Burlap: The burlap was cut at about 1 1/2 inches. I put score tape on the inside and wrapped it around the corn husk.
Raffia: The raffia was cut at about 18 inches, wrapped around the burlap then tied in a knot.
Flower: Inside the lid of the jar is a flower that I used Modge Podge on to stiffen it. I then cut it around the pedals.
Tag: Recollections tag. I distress inked it with Tim Holtz tea die and peeled paint. The scare crow, pumpkin and Autumn stamp is an Inkadinkadoo . I used Copic markers then score taped a strip of burlap on the bottom.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a sun shiny day.
Hugs,
Kimberly

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Fall Home Decor - Fall Leaves Banner

Here in California we don't technically get the 4 seasons however we do have a few trees where the leaves turn color and drop to the ground. It's just so beautiful. This is where I got my inspiration for this banner. If you'd like to see how it was made go to www.youtube.com/sunshinecreation. I will be selling this at my son's high school Holiday Boutique fundraiser for $12.00 but if you'd like to buy it just leave me a comment. You can also see this on Pinterest by searching Fall Home Decor.





Materials used:
Burlap: 6 x 6 Squares DCWV Burlap
Paint: Craft Smart Brown
Leaves: Creative Imagination Banana paper
Ribbon: Craft Smart
Score Tape
Helmar's 450 Glue

Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a sun shiny day!

Hugs,
Kimberly

Just-A-Scrappin Weekly Design Team Challenge - Animal Theme

As a former teacher, one of my favorite things to do in order to prepare my class for the new students is to decorate it. I like using bright colors and to through in a few animals here and there. Well, I'm not teaching anymore but I do have a few friends who are. I made this for my friend, Joyce, who teaches 2nd grade.

Materials used and how I made it:
Paper: This was from a paper pack I had bought at Big Lots a few years ago. It looks like a chalk board and down at the bottom are books.
Teddy Bear: I cut this little cutie at 10 inches from the Teddy Bear Parade Cricut catridge. So adorable!
Apple and Worm: These little darlins' are from the Create A Critter cartridge. I cut them at 4 inches.
To make this sturdy, I glued it to a 12 x 12 piece of medium weight chip board. On the back, I put 6 squares of foam adhesive that I left the paper on. This way, all she needed to do is peel it off and stick int onto her door. She loved it!
Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you have a sun shiny day.
Hugs,
Kimberly

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Fall Home Decor - Burlap (Square) Banner

Here is a banner I've made using some fun techniques and "fall" type materials. To see how it was made watch it on www.youtube.com/sunshinecreation. I want to take a moment to thank all my current subscribers and those that are subscribing!  You can also see this on Pinterest (cardcreationsbykim). In the meantime here are the pictures. If you're interested in purchasing this ($12.00) please leave a comment and I'll get back to you. Thank you!






Materials:
Burlap: 6 x 6 DCWV Burlap. I purchased this at JoAnns
Letters: Printing 101 Cricut cartridge cut at 5 inches using the shadow feature (brown Bazzill) and the regular cut (gold Bazzill).
Flowers: Michaels
Corn Stock: Vons
Die Cuts: Spellbinders
Glimmermist: Gum Drop
Ink: Tim Holtz Tea Dye
Ribbon: Celebrate w/ wire
Glue: Helmars 450.

Thank you for stopping by! Have a sun shiny day!

Kimberly

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Fall Home Decor - Chip board box letters

This project was so much fun....if you like getting all stick, icky and gluey. I know I sure do!..Here's the a video on the finished product. If you're interested in purchasing these ($20 each) just leave me a comment.


Materials and How I did it:
Chipboard Block Letters: Purchased at JoAnns. I painted on Modge Podge with my foam paint brush.
Cloth: Purchased the squares at Beverly's. The squares were cut approximately 2 x 2 and 3 x 3 with the pinking shears. I placed each one on the Modge Podge area of the block letter then added another coat.
Flowers: Purchased at Michaels. I used Quick Dry glue and 451 glue adding leaves and Raffi.
After the whole thing dried, I used my white Gel pen to do the faux stitching. On the other one I did not do faux stitching.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a sun shiny day!

Hugs,
Kimberly


Monday, September 16, 2013

Halloween Banner - "SPOOKY"

It's time for some Halloween decorations! Here's a "spooky" one.







Here's the material list and details:
Banner~Recollections Haunted Manor paper stack. Cut at 5 3/4 inches using the Pretty Pendants Cricut cartridge.
Letters~Colorbok white and black paper stack. Cut at 5 1/2 inches using Blackletter Gothic Cricut Lite. The white is cut on the shadow feature and the black on regular.
"S"~ The pumpkin was made from green and orange glitter paper cut at 3 1/2 inches from the Happy Hautings Cricut cartrigde.
"P"~ The spider was made from black glitter paper cut at 12 inches from the Happy Hauntings Cricut cartridge.
"O"~ The ghost was made from white glitter paper cut at 3 1/2 inches from the Happy Hauntings Cricut cartridge.
"O"~ The hand was made from purple glitter paper cut at 10 inches from the Happy Hauntings Cricut cartridge.
"K"~ The bats were made from black glitter paper cut at 12 inches from the Happy Hauntings Cricut cartridge.
"Y"~ The owl was made from black, orange and white glitter paper cut at 5 inches fromt he Happy Hauntings Cricut cartridge.
Ribbon~Celebrations black 1/2 inch.
Thanks so much for stopping by. If you need more information please leave a comment. If you're interested in buying this banner for $10.00 plus shipping send me an email www.cardcreationsbykim@gmail.com
Have a sun shiny day!
         

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Just-A-Scrappin Design Team Challenge - Make a card or layout using watercolors

Oh, this challenge brings me way back to my college days. I took a couple of art classes and learned some basics of painting. I haven't painted in SO long. So, here's my best attempt. You can watch how I created this on www.youtube.com/sunshinecreation.


Materials I used:
Paper: Strathmore Watercolor paper.
Paint: Reeves Watercolor
Stamp: Flower~Unknown...old..sorry.
            Noel ~ Gosh, I'm not sure about this one either.

Have a sun shiny day!
Kimberly