Wednesday, August 31, 2011


It's finally here!

September 1! Which is also my BIRTHDAY MONTH! And I wanted to celebrate this huge quarter-life event with all of my amazing bloggers!

On September 19, I will be turning TWENTY-FIVE (25!) so in honor of this huge milestone, I will be giving away one $25 GIFT CARD to JOANN'S or MICHAEL'S (winner's choice!) 

I am also sharing a huge huge coupon code for everything in my etsy shop.... 25% off everything, even custom orders!  Enter the code BIRTHDAYBASH at checkout for 25% off!  And new items will be added all the time for September, so make sure to check back often!

Ok so... a chance to win $25 gift card to an amazing craft store AND 25% off everything at my etsy shop... what could be better? Maybe I can make you some cupcakes to celebrate :)

Oh, Martha
Ok now the boring part --- HOW TO ENTER --- (it's super easy, promise)

1) Please become a follower of my blog! I love love love meeting new bloggers and learning amazing ideas from all of you... I really do appreciate you guys!
2) Leave me ONE comment right here on this post.... Tell me what was your favorite birthday gift you have ever received! (and please leave me a way to contact you)
3)  Make sure you enter by September 18 at 11:59pm EST... This is also when the coupon code BIRTHDAYBASH will end!
4) Check back on my 25th Birthday (September 19th!) to see if you've won! I will be picking a random winner woop!

Happy September!  Good luck, and make sure you hit up the shop and use the code BIRTHDAYBASH for 25% off!  You have until 11:59pm on September 18th!  Woohoo!!!!!

<3 Rachel w k

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Friday, August 26, 2011

FOUR Moxie Sketch Cards ....

Over at Moxie Fab World they are doing a lot of sketch challenges to get your ideas a'flowin. I love working with sketches because they really force me to work outside of my comfort zone.  So here goes...

First up is the Shaped Sketch Challenge...

I made this nautical Thank You card for my friend who invited me to Marthas Vineyard for a mini getaway! To cut all the shapes I used basic shapes in my Make The Cut software and cut with my Silhouette.  The sailboat was cut with my Cricut from the Just Because cartridge.  I heat embossed the brown and the blue on the sailboat, and stamped the Martha Stewart sentiment in aqua ink.

Second up is the Square Sketch Challenge....

I didn't get caught up in the whole 'Christmas in July' thing, but now that it's August I felt a huge urge for some winter themed stuff.  The snowflakes were cut with my Silhouette machine and Make the Cut software.  The 'tis the season' stamp is by Inkadinkado, and all I added was a simple winter button in the middle.

Third up is the Horizontal Sketch Challenge AND my CAS-ual Fridays 'Stuck on You' entry, which was to use a sticker or a rub-on....

This is a very basic sketch and I wanted to keep it that way.  I just cut squares in Autumn colored card stock, rounded two corners on each, and added the red leaves which were my stickers.  The 'hello' sentiment is from a Hero Arts stamp, inked in orange. The edges of the card have also been inked in orange.

Fourth and Last up is the Vertical Sketch Challenge....

I loved making this card because I finally had a reason to use my favorite DCWV paper stack ever in the history of everdom.  The Colorful Life paper stack is so so gorgeous, I love the artwork of the pages which was actually my inspiration for my huge canvas painting. I texture embossed the blue paper with a Sizzix folder.  Instead of triangles like the sketch shows, I did dripping buttons adhered with GlueDots.  The 'oh, hay hay' (which always makes me laugh inside) are glittered letter stickers.

Deep Breath! That's a lot of cards for one post, I hope you were able to take it all in.  I had fun with these sketches because they seemed different than all the sketch challenges I usually partake in.  I hope you join in the fun!

Also I'm freaking out about Hurricane Irene.... coming from Arizona there aren't many natural disasters we have to worry about. This weekend will definitely be a new experience.  Please stay safe

<3 Rachel w k
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Thursday, August 25, 2011

So You Think You Can Paint?

I hope yall are gearing up for hurricane Irene! Please be safe and prepared for the worse.  As for me, I'll watch the water creep up and hope no trees crash on top of my car

If you follow me on twitter, you may remember a few weeks ago I purchased the largest canvas Michael's had in stock.  It was so big it wouldn't even fit in the trunk of my car, so I considered that a pretty big success.  So this giant thing has been taking up space in our kitchen for a while. I had no idea what to actually do with it, I just knew I needed it.

Last week I had a lot of alone time, and figured I might as well just do it.  And do whatever the hell I want with it.  Please know I am not an artist/painter and don't consider myself to be one! I only have about 8 colors of paints (most of which are various shades of teal) so I at least had fun mixing a lot of colors in tubberwares and seeing what happened...

Now we have a 3 foot by 4 foot painting hanging between two tall windows in our bedroom.  I gotta admit, I kind like it. A lot.  And it's a pretty good view from the bed!

Do you ever go outside of your 'crafting comfort zone'??? Have you been happy with what you made, or just decided to stick with what ya know?

<3 Rachel w k
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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Travel the World Wednesday - Marthas Vineyard

Happy Travels everyone! Again, it has been a couple weeks since we've gotten a well deserved travel in. Last week I was lucky enough to spend a few days with a friend at Marthas Vineyard! I am so thankful she invited me to go with her and her family, and it seems like such a New England thing to do in the summer, I'm glad I got to experience it!

Pack your bags, we're headed to MARTHAS VINEYARD....

So along with the treasury I will be sharing personal photos from my trip.  It rained the entire time up until the morning I waited for my ferry back home, as you'll see in the pictures!

I am realizing I'm putting together a lot of nautical-ish treasuries lately... but hey, if it ain't broke don't fix it. I love everything nautical.  This treasury is unique because I found a lot of soft paintings to throw into the bunch.  Please click around, favorite, and share your fellow talented etsy artists!

Now for some photos from my recent trip....

We walked around the 'Gingerbread Houses' and the Tabernacle.  This area completely reminded me of my favorite place on earth, Chautauqua, NY.

We visited an alpaca farm (called Alpaca Island)! Who knew there would be a bunch of alpacas living on Marthas Vineyard?!  I have to tell you, these animals are some of my favorites so my insides were squealing with excitement when my friend told me we would go.

It was pouring outside, so all the alpacas were stuck in the barn.  I think this guy was yearning for some sunlight.

We made it to the beach! It rained in the morning, and sprinkled a little bit while we were on the sand, but it was still gorgeous. I believe we were at South Beach, and even saw a seal :)

One of my favorite photos from the trip.  The Flying Horses is America's oldest running carousel.  The little boy I was with would go on it a few times everyday.

Here's the sun shine! This was at Oak Bluffs dock, while I was waiting for my ferry to go home.  These little sailboats were from a junior sail boat class, all of the kids looked like they were under 10 years old. Very cute

Thanks for traveling with me today.  I'm wondering if any of you have been to the general Cape Cod area, and what towns did you like the most? I haven't spent any time in any other places like this, so I need to know the best from the best!

<3 Rachel w k
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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

How-To Tuesday - Impromptu Acrylic Block

Happy How-To Tuesday! It has certainly been too long since our last How-To.  This is something that I did on the fly late one night when I was desperate to use a big ol' stamp that didn't fit on any of my clear stamping blocks...

So I was frantically looking around for anything that had a slick surface to hold my large Inkadinkado flower stamp.  I originally was going to use one of those black plates from my Texture Boutique, but it's not too see-through, so that didn't work.  So I grabbed a drawer from my little desk organizer, emptied everything out of it, and viola a perfect large block for my clear stamp! (I had this issue in the first place because I am way too cheap to pay $30 for a large clear block, thanks)

The clear drawer actually worked very very well. While I was stamping, I could push my hand on the inside of the drawer to make sure it was nice and even.  I added the little square blocks to the photo so you could see why this stamp just wasn't going to fit :)
Not bad, huh?! It stamped really well, I was pleasantly surprised. I have spared myself of yet another day where I wish I had a huge clear block but am too cheap to buy one. High five
This is just to show y'all where the drawer came from; this little organizer that sits on the corner of my desk.  I believe the unit is from the Container Store (heaven).

What impromptu crafty ideas do you find yourself using at 11 o'clock at night?? I think that's when all the best creative uses come to play :)

<3 Rachel w k
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Saturday, August 20, 2011

Card Challenges for the Weekend!

It's been a while! I got back from Martha's Vineyard on Wednesday, it was a very cool place! Granted it rained from the day I drove there to the morning I left, but I still saw a lot and got some shopping done :)

I made two cards today for four challenges! So let's do it to it...

Cas-ual Fridays Challenge, emboss

The Shabby Tea Room challenge, use polka dots

My embossing polka dots!
I don't usually do black and white cards, elegant things are not really my thing. Anyway, this card will be submitted to the CAS-ual Fridays Challenge #16 which was to emboss. I texture embossed the black with Swiss Dots folder and rubbed white chalk to make the dots pop. I texture embossed the border, then also heat embossed the raised part with black. The 'Miss You' sentiment is also heat embossed with black.  All the Polka Dots in various forms are for the Shabby Tea Room challenge #75.

Moxie Fab World Tuesday Trigger

Mojo Sketch and Tuesday Trigger Colors
I love the color combination with this Tuesday trigger at Moxie Fab World, yellow and pink are always my favorite! I used the sketch from Mojo Mondays 204 to combine the colors. The pink paper is a very very pale soft pink, so it was hard to photograph. I also love the 'thank you' stamp (inkadinkado). I really like how this one turned out! The black flower is felt, with a dab of cotton candy stickles in the middle. The black glittered border is from K & Company, and the black and white corner piece is DCWV chipboard.

Thanks for lookin :) I hope you play along with these challenges!

<3 Rachel w k
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Saturday, August 13, 2011

CAS-ual Card and a Color Challenge

It's late Saturday night, and I'm packing to go to Martha's Vineyard (!!!) tomorrow! I had to get this challenge post in before I left....

CAS-ual Fridays challenge this week was actually a SKETCH challenge, which was a fun change. They teamed up with Clean & Simple for a really fun sketch to try out.  The talented card maker Virginia also shared a Color Trends Challenge at the Embellish Magazine blog.  You can combine the color challenge with a sketch challenge, so this is was a perfect match! I had a lot of fun combining the color trends with the sketch...

coloring color trends inspiration
CAS-ual Fridays and Clean & Simple sketch
Here was my take on the sketch and the color combo...

The yellow flower and stem is from a DCWV Lemon paper, which I cut out with a craft knife. I added the smallest little gold blings to the stem, and gold stickle in the center of the flower.  The beige paper is from k-i memories. I used a teeny bit of light pink for the sentiment, which is a Hero Arts stamp.

Now back to packing for Martha's Vineyard! I have never been to any of those new england-y islands, as we don't have many islands in Arizona. I get to ride a high speed ferry, so cool!

<3 Rachel w k
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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Havin a Mojo Moxie Shabby Chic Kind of Day!

 ***If you're looking for Travel the World Wednesday - Germany Please Clicky Click Here!***

I'm so clever.  The title for this post is for each challenge this post is entering! I made a separate card for each challenge:  Mojo Monday 203, Moxie Fab Tuesday Trigger, and the Shabby Tea Room week #74.

First up is MOJO MONDAY sketch 203! I was craving the need for a nice autumn card and this sketch was gonna fill it. I fell in love all over again with the DCWV Autumn Stack from 2009! I barely used it, but I'm definitely going to this year, two years later :)

Mojo Monday 203
All patterned papers from the 2009 dcwv autumn stack. Border punch is ek success, the 'hello' stamp is from tpc studios.

Second up is Moxie Fab's Tuesday Trigger! I need to admit... I hated this trigger. I thought the dress was busy and ugly and so hippy dippy it probably bled peace signs and LSD.  Needless to say, I was not the most inspired by it, and it was a huge challenge. I am not particularly liking the card I made, but hey... I need to show the good, the bad, and the really ugly...

Moxie Fab tuesday trigger

Moxie Fab Tuesday Trigger
So for this card I was 'inspired' by the mix and match patterns, and the curves, and the multiple layerings.  Guess which stack I used for this baby?  All patterns are from one sheet of paper in the DCWV Hippie Chic Stack. I cut apart the different patterns in the one paper and pieced it back on this card.  The sentiment stamp is from Hero Arts.

Third up and Last up is the 'Tea for Two' challenge in the Shabby Tea Room! The challenge was to get inspiration from the lovely photo, have a 'tea' theme and use the colors green and blue.

Shabby Tea Room inspiration photo
Shabby Tea Room 'Tea for Two'
I made a teapot shape card!  The teapot shape is from Lettering Delights 'J'adore' svg set.  I made a shadow layer and welded the tea pot so the card is held together at the top.  The white is lightly inked with brown and light blue ink. To the delicate patterns on the teapot, I added silver and blue stickles for some sparkle :)

Thanks for peeking at all my challenge entries! These challenges just started so there is still plenty of time to participate!

<3 Rachel w k
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Travel the World Wednesday - Germany

Happy Travels! I am so excited about this week's virtual travel destination, and I am loving everything about the featured treasury to match it :)  My parents spent a lot of time studying music in Germany, my husband and I both studied German in college, he is basically obsessed with all things Germany (from history/wars to sports and visiting) and if you all only knew my middle name and my maiden name (and my married name!) I think I have a more German name than the Germans that live in the apartment above me.

How many times can I say 'German'??? Anyways... Pack your bags, we're headed to GERMANY!

I love love love this treasury I made. There is gorgeous collections of goodies, and everything is just different enough than the American items that my eyes were drooling.  I wanted to keep it colorful and fun, because poor Germany does not always have the reputation of always being so :(

Please click around the treasury, share your favorite items, and show the artists and sellers some love! I am always so excited about all the talent I find through these travel treasuries, thank you etsians!

Now for some gorgeous gorgeous photographs.  All of these photos I found through the National Geographic travel webpage.  If you ever want to plan your next vacation, I think that's the first place you should visit!

Brandenburg Gate - photo by Timothy Burk

Bavarian Winter - photo by Iva Seto (how dream land does this look?!)

Potsdamer Platz, pieces of the Berlin Wall - photo by Miguel Villagran

Residenz Palace - photo by Cotton Coulson

Wangen Town Center - photo by Paul Hogie

Thanks for traveling with us today!  Have you ever been to Germany?? I would love to go and see all the amazing castles and gorgeous architecture, and to drink authentic German bier :)

<3 Rachel w k
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Monday, August 8, 2011

Party Lizards Card Set and BUTTON TRADE

I have been eager to try out the new Leapin Lizards svg set from Lettering Delights since the first day it came out! Yesterday I finally went for it, and I just went all out.  I absolutely love this little set of cards. My husband now wants me to make a party lizard for him to keep at his office :) they're so freakin adorable I can't stand it.

love these little cuties!
 Here is a close up of each one. I added googly eyes and matching stickles to make some of the pieces pop. All of the paper is actually from a bright stack by Cricut (believe it or not!) I used my Silhouette SD and Make-the-Cut software for each cut I made.


I have made a little BUTTON for my blog you can grab it right off my sidebar! If you would like to trade buttons please contact me at rwkrafts{at} to see if our blogs are a good match.  I would love to showcase your button and you can showcase mine :) They will be placed under the "blogs i heart" section in the right sidebar!
I'd love to add you!

<3 Rachel w k
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Saturday, August 6, 2011

thanks berry much CFC14 and Sparks Challenge

Woohoo for the weekend! Did you all see my adorable fur baby that just got added to our family? Please help welcome him in our lives :)

Yesterday a new Sparks challenge over at Paper Smooches was posted! I didn't even know this challenge existed, but there are amazing prizes to be won

I was also excited about the CAS-ual Fridays challenge, which is to use a glue-dot to adhere glitter so I was excited to try that!

PS Sparks August challenge and CAS-ual Fridays #14 Challenge
When I saw the requirements for of these challenges I knew it would be a great fit to do together.  For the Paper Smooches Sparks challenge I was inspired by the inspiration photo which had some pretty fushias, pinks, a brown fence, and also some pretty white and silver bling! With the CFC challenge to use glittered-up Glue Dots, I knew I needed to add them to this stamp and they would fit perfectly :)

Material Deets:
paper smooches free digi stamp for the grapes
paper smooches free digi stamp "thanks" and "i love you berry much" that I combined to say "thanks berry much"
large 3-d Glue Dots
martha stewart fine silver glitter
colored pencils for the grapes
black marker to add little 'grape' dots to the letters
dollar ribbon
dcwv paper from Safari Kids solid stack.

I am entering this card in these challenges...

I hope to see you play along!

{this card will soon be posted in my etsy shop!}

<3 Rachel w k
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