Thursday, February 28, 2013

Play Date Cafe #171 with SRM Stickers

I have been spending the past week in my home town of Phoenix! This Play Date Cafe color story completely reminds me of Phoenix, so it's pretty fitting :)

Have fun creating with Tangerine, Apricot, and Mint. Play along for a chance to win a prize from the fun SRM Stickers

 I made this happy trio of tags using only SRM Stickers (and some Tangelo ink around the edges).

So easy to put together and still very cute :)

We can't wait to browse your beautiful creations! Be sure to link them up over at the Play Date Cafe

<3 Rachel w k

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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Play Date Cafe with The Twinery

You know you love baker's twine. And you need it in every color. Not just every color but every shade of that color. And you still want more.

So how about you try to win the prize this week at the Play Date Cafe... a gift certificate from The Twinery!

Our beautiful colors are Stone, Denim, and Buttercup

I took a huge leap outside of my comfort zone and made a project that would just be dripping in twine!

I had this old jar in the cabinet (originally from Christmas Tree Shoppe) that needed some love. I wrapped the twine around the lip of the jar and created little twine pom poms.

To make the twine pom poms, you simply wrap a bundle of twine around the tongs of a fork. Then you tie a knot around that bundle. Pull the bunch off of the fork and cut all the loops with scissors. Give it a good fluff and you're finished.

The label was created using Papertrey Ink stamps "A Little Birdie Told Me" and "Winter Hills" sets. Inks are from Memento in "Teal Zeal" and "Dandelion", outlined with Distress Ink in grey. I adhered the label to the jar using a spray adhesive and holding it down for too long until it was totally set. Pom poms were also added with spray adhesive.

Go play at the Play Date Cafe! Have fun with your twines! All twine in this project is from the Twinery using the colors in 'Stone', 'Denim', and 'Buttercup'.

<3 Rachel w k
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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Hello, Gnomie!

I just love a good Lawnscaping Challenge :) And I lurrrrrrrve Tuesdays! I get all the late night crafting I want and get a sleep in morning the next day woohooo

A happy gnome celebrating the lovely spring-timey weather that we are totally not experiencing right now...

Materials: Cardstock from Michael’s. Pattern Paper: “What’s Up” 6x6 pad from Basic Grey, “Clementine” 6x6 pad from Cosmo Cricket. Ink: Momento in “Tuxedo Black” and “Olive Grove”, Distress Ink in “Tumbled Glass”.  Copic markers in various colors. Stamps: Lawn Fawn “Gnome Sweet Gnome”. Sticker: Amy Tangerine “Dreaming” fabric stickers.

Today also marks the first day my NAME IS IN PRINT in the Paper Crafts Magazine March/April 2013 issue!!!!!!!

Please excuse my bad cell phone camera over-excitement photo :) PAGE 46!

<3 Rachel w k
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Saturday, February 16, 2013

Olive You

It's a tad late for Valentine cards, but this simple sentiment can work for many other occasions or just a thinking of you.

Stamp set is Paper Smooches "Smoocheroos" and colored with Copics. I added glossy accents to the little heart.

I am entering this super simple card into the CAS-ual Fridays Challenge

<3 Rachel w k
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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Play Date Cafe #169

Happy Valentine's Day! At the Play Date Cafe, we are ready to move onto spring with these pastel colors... Pink Carnation, Mint, and Juniper.

And our sponsor for the prize this week is the one and only Simon Says Stamp!

Here is a sweet ATC to celebrate some (hopefully) warmer weather to come! I used some little Oriental Trading Co stamps "April Showers" and paper pieced the umbrella with Jillibean Soup "Southern Chicken Dumpling" pattern paper pad. The pink twine is from Pink Paislee.

Play along with this pretty pastel color story and you could win a prize from Simon Says Stamp :)
Link up your project (any type of project!) over at the Play Date Cafe!

<3 Rachel w k
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Sunday, February 10, 2013

Lawnscaping Valentine

A quickie Sunday evening post for the Lawnscaping challenge to be inspired by this photo...

I used Lawn Fawn "Love and Breakfast" set, Bella Blvd "Devoted" paper, and Memento ink.

The sentiment ink is a little too blue what I wanted. Also the toaster has it's pattern paper upside down. Woops. Live n' learn! I'm just thankful we have electricity after our snow storm!

Meeko in front of our house... not enjoying the snow.

<3 Rachel w k
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Saturday, February 9, 2013


New stamps. New challenge. Flight of the Conchords. Giant blizzard.

These things all make for a very productive day :)

So I bought this new set of Avery Elle stamps "Hipster-potomus" for the sole reason that it reminded me of a Flight of the Conchords song. And then the challenge over at CAS-ual Fridays is to create a clean and simple card based on a favorite song. Cha-ching

Here is the song I was inspired by: "Hiphopopotamus vs. Rhymenoceros" by Flight of the Conchords. I hope you get a laugh out of it on this snow day!

And my card, mostly based on the lyrics
Here's the Hiphopopotamus
The hip hop hippo
They call me the Hiphopopotamus
My lyrics are bottomless
They call me the Hiphopopotamus

I wanted to use as many trendy hipster patterns as I could. Chevrons, arrows, plaids. Materials: pattern paper Bella Blvd "Devoted" and Basic Grey "What's Up?", Copic N4, washi tape from k&co and Freckled Fawn.

<3 Rachel w k
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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Play Date Cafe #168

Love is in the air! There's a beautiful Valentine inspired color story at Play Date Cafe this week... and there is an amazing sponsor and prize! Cranberry, Raspberry, and Petal

Link up any type of project you create that is inspired by these colors. One lucky winner will get a prize from the super fabulous Avery Elle!

I created a simple/cute CAS card using My Cute Stamps "Owlways Friends" and "Little Forest Friends" that are colored with Prismacolor pencils

I covered up an accidental inky fingerprint with some cranberry pearls ;)

Thanks for taking a look and we can't wait to see what you create. Just link it up at the Play Date Cafe

<3 Rachel w k
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Monday, February 4, 2013

Monday Pick-Me-Up

This has been a very challenging week. For a lot of us. For a million different reasons.

I'm so grateful for the support I always have from friends and family. I need to stop stressing about the negatives and remember that I have people around me that love me for me. No matter what.

Whatever it is that's bringing you down this week.... enjoy this little Monday Pick-Me-Up. Here's to a better week ahead......


Thank y'all ;)

<3 Rachel w k
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Saturday, February 2, 2013

7 Days of Valentine Projects #7

It's the last day of our Valentine project hop! The links of all the participants will be given at the bottom of the post. Show some love to the talented ladies :)

Here is a very simple and quick Valentine card. The tree stamp is My Cute Stamps "Go Green" and sentiment from Paper Smooches "Falling for You". Memento ink in tuxedo black and rhubarb stalk and a dab of red Stickles. Done.

Be sure to check out all the other projects from this amazing line up!

<3 Rachel w k
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Friday, February 1, 2013

7 Days of Valentine Projects #6

Today I'm pretty excited to share my favorite chocolate cookie recipe ever (I've tried a lot. Promise). And a very simple treat bag label to go along with it.

The label uses pattern paper from Carte Bella "Devoted" pad, Spellbinders Nestibilities dies "Labels 1", sentiment stamp from Lawn Fawn "My Silly Valentine", heart banner stamp from Wplus9 "Banner Love", Memento ink in "Tuxedo Black" and "Rhubarb Stalk", and Stickles in "Cotton Candy".

My favorite chocolate cookie recipe EVER comes from my America's Test Kitchen cook book (best PBS show ever)... enjoy ;)

1 3/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour (8 3/4 ounces)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
14 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 3/4 sticks) Melted
1/2 cup granulated sugar (3 1/2 ounces)
3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar (5 1/4 ounces)
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips 

1) Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 375 degrees. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper. Whisk flour and baking soda and salt together in medium bowl; set aside.
2) Add both sugars and vanilla to bowl with butter and whisk until fully incorporated. Add egg and yolk and whisk until mixture is smooth.  Stir in flour mixture until just combined, about 1 minute. Stir in chocolate chips, giving dough final stir to ensure no flour pockets remain.
3) Divide 2 tablespoon cookie dough balls onto baking sheets. Bake until cookies are golden brown and still puffy, and edges have begun to set but centers are still soft, 10 to 14 minutes, rotating baking sheet halfway through baking. Transfer baking sheet to wire rack; cool cookies completely before serving.
And make sure you check out the other talented participants in this Valentine's Project hop :)

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