by ktstamps, 6:59 PM

I love Hippos. I just really love HIPPOS! So when SU come out with hippo stamps, I just have to have them NOW! In the new catalog is a stamp set called Pun Fun! Of course I bought it and here my wonderful image. Please notice the toes…they are painted in pink. She just makes me feel happy! Thank you for taking time to SHARE the joy with me! kt

SU stamp set: Pun Fun
SU cardstock: Pretty in Pink, Basic Black, Whisper White, and Berry Bliss DSP
SU ink: Basic Gray, Basic Black, Bashful Blue
SU accessories: Pretty in Pink Brads, watercolor crayons, Pink Taffeta ribbon


by ktstamps, 6:33 PM
Today is my first day back from a long break. After the Holidays, I pushed myself to get back into the blog world and it just didn’t work. I got tired, run down, and really-I didn’t have any MOJO! NONE! Nothing inspired me, I’d sit in my room and just read blogs but nothing got me into that creative mood! I did a HORRIBLE 6x6 recipe card and even tried to push if off as someone’s. (OMG! Ladies in the stamp group just looked at it and then at me! OOPS) I realized at that moment…I wanted to take some time to get hungry to stamp again! I wanted to find that LOVE, that CREATIVE juice, that INSPIRATION to be creative and let the light bulb come on when I read others blogs and saw their ideas! (To make it worse…my New Year’s Resolution was to publish 3-4 times a week on my blog! Another big OOPS!)

Well, to make a short story even longer…last night the drive, that deep down feeling came over me. I made three cards for swaps and I think I did a good job. I feel like I am ready to create or CASE others and do it with style and grace! LOL! But, I am looking at blogs and being inspired. I think that is important…I am talking to strangers about my stamping business…I am trying to make classes that I would like to take at a reasonable rate. I am trying to inspire others who visit my blog to say…WELL DONE! Thank you!

So, here are a couple of cards I created. I hope you enjoy them!

I love this card.
SU Stamp Sets: Hostess level 1 From the Garden and SAB’s Friendship Blooms.
SU cardstock: Whisper white and Almost Amethyst.
SU ink: Basic Black and Apricot Appeal, Regal Rose, and Certainly Celery markers.
SU accessories: Certainly Celery ¼” Grosgrain ribbon, Antique brass Hodgepodge Hardware, 2-way glue, Dazzling Diamonds, and the Celery from the Fine Cosmo glitter combo.
Then I had to buy some of those fabulous Nestabilities from Paper Trey.

I love Asian Art! LOVE IT! So I decided to make a card that reminded me of a great piece of art. This technique is called Tinted Opaques from Technique Junkies.
SU stamp set: Artfully Asian.
SU cardstock: Whisper White, Real Read, Basic Black, and Brushed Silver
SU ink: Basic Black Craft, Real Red and Always Artichoke Markers
SU accessories: Retired ¼” Gold Ribbon and ¼” Grosgrain Real Red ribbon, clear embossing powder, and Heat and Stick powder

You make my day!

by ktstamps, 6:00 PM

I have been given a great honor and I didn't even know it! OMG! I am so glad I am back in the real world of blogging! Michelle gave me this award and it's such an honor to have her do so. What an icredible person and artist she is. Please take time to visit her blog! You will be inspired. Thank you so much Michelle!
Now I will pass this on to 10 people. I thank you for making my day.
1. Donna - Strawberry Stampers
2. Sheryl - Stampin with Sheryl
3. Andrea - Andrea Walford
4. Velta - Impressions by V
5. Dawn - Dawn stamping thoughts
6. Diane - Stamping with Diane
7. SueR - Hot paws creation
8. Erica Martin - Stampin Mama
9. Marilyn - Stampin with Marilyn
10. Gina - Stampin Gina
Thank you all for making my day! kt

I got tagged

by ktstamps, 5:58 PM
I am suppose to tell you 5 things about me that not very many people know. So here goes my some insights into my life.

1. I grew up in Montana but didn't enjoy my time there. I was not into cowboys, rodeo, horses, the open plains...I was very glad to move away and start my life in the city. This feels right.

2. When I was growing up, I had the Honor of being the Honored Queen of the State of Montana. This was through an organization called "Jobs Daughters." I loved being Honored Queen but was quite shocked when I got a call from the Beauty Pageant asking me to run for Miss Montana. My grandmother and mom were so happy and I said NO! This body is not one of a beauty pageant.

3. I love fishing. It is one of the most peaceful hobbies I do! I love to go out and feel the rolls of the water, rush of “FISH ON”, and the gratitude for the food I bring home and eat!

4. I have bungee jumped from a REALLY high bridge in Canada!

5. I climbed Huayna Pichu, the big sister Machu Pichu in Peru.

I think I will tag some more SBC. I'll be checking to see what new things I have learned about you! are the next five names.
1. Vanessa - Mom who scraps
2. Niki - My paper creations
3. Gabby - Confessions of a stamper
4. Lorraine - tavias charms favorite things
5. Gina P - Gina P Crafts

A Poem!

by ktstamps, 3:47 PM
I saw this poem on someone’s blog. I am sorry but I can’t remember where I got it! But I love this and wanted to share if with you!

A card maker delivers the most welcome kind of unannounced visitor: a handmade card. A card touches us – somehow, a small folded piece of paper can comfort, celebrate, reach out or just say HELLO! Creating a handmade card is an honorable and important task. As a card maker, you are entitled (but not limited) to the following rights:

You have the right to take as long as you want to complete one handmade card. This may be five minutes or two weeks.

You have the right to send a card for no other reason than to show off your new stamp, embellishment, or technique.

You have the right to create a fabulous card for your husband, partner, or roommate – just because you know it will stay in your house.

You have the right to spread your card making things out all over just to admire them.

You have the right to purchase a certain card making item for no other reason than because a you like it; b you think it’s cute; c) you’ll never find it again, or d) you know you’ll use it someday!

You have the right to reserve using your most precious supplies on cards only for recipients who will truly appreciate them.

You have the right to a workspace of your own. This may be the basement, your college student’s old bedroom, or the kitchen table.

You have the right to make cards when inspiration strikes ~ whether the dishes are done or not.

You have the right to request peaceful, kid-free, stress-less card making time – GUILT-FREE!

You have the right to let the handmade card be the gift too!

You have the right to value your personal style.

You are creating a treasure and part of that treasure is you!

~Author Unknown

To all the carmakers out there…thank you! Happy New Year

I got my banner up!

by ktstamps, 3:44 PM
Again, I want to thank Donna for making my banner. I am hoping I will get a tutorial on how easy it is for her. I just pick the picture and ask her to help. I would like to see her charge for this service...she is also really good with watermarks! Thank you Donna! I love you! kt