The Ton Washi Tape Release

The Ton is celebrating their first washi tape release with two new washi tapes! There are some free gifts with purchase promotions ongoing. Head over to The Ton Stamps’ blog for more details. 
GIVEAWAYS: Win one of The Ton’s new washi tapes! To enter, leave a comment on each blog. Effie will choose three winners and announce the winners on The Ton’s blog by March 9. The comment period for this giveaway will close on March 8 at 7pm EST.

Hey everyone!  I am super excited to be sharing this layout with you that I created using the new wildflower washi from The Ton!  First off, this washi is GORGEOUS!  I love the watercolor florals and I love that it is 3″ wide!  So many possibilities!

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I started by sticking the washi down on some white cardstock.  Then using my cutterbee scissors, I carefully fussy cut around all of the images.  There are some larger floral clusters, some smaller and some lone leaves as well.  I thought they would make perfect die cuts for a layout.

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Once I got all the pieces fussy cut out, it was just a matter of placement around my page.  I chose this cute photo of my youngest son on our most recent trip to the farmers market.  I placed one of the large floral clusters underneath my photo, and then layered another small flower behind it along with a puffy sticker.

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I decided to cover up a lot of the black table in the photo with a smaller floral cluster and layered a tiny word sticker on top of it.

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Then I added two large floral clusters at the top and bottom of my page, layering both with gold foil die cuts, puffy stickers and paper die cuts.

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I finished off the page with a short title and some black enamel dots and splatters.  Here’s another look at my layout using the new washi from The Ton:

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Next stop is Heba.

Here’s the entire list of participants, so make sure you don’t miss anyone!

  1. The Ton
  2. Olga Matyushevskaya
  3. Anna Kutsenko
  4. Amy Kolling
  5. Mayline Jung
  6. Ilina Crouse
  7. Vera Yates
  8. Laurel Beard
  9. Tae Eun Yoo
  10. Kymona Tracey
  11. Brenda Noelke
  12. Janette Kausen
  13. Svitlana Shayevich
  14. Amy Tsuruta
  15. Lisa Harolle
  16. Laura Jane
  17. Jana Millen
  18. Kira Ness (You are HERE!)
  19. Heba Alsibai (Youtube)

xo, Kira

The Ton’s 4th Anniversary Blog Hop – Day 3

The Ton is celebrating 4 years this month and Effie has introduced 9 new designs for this release. There are some free gifts with purchase promotions ongoing. Head over to The Ton Stamps’ blog for more details. 
GIVEAWAYS: There are also giveaways everyday on these mini hops! Win a stamp of choice from The Ton’s new release. To enter, leave a comment on each blog each day. Effie will choose one winner per day (4 winners total) and announce the winners on The Ton’s blog by January 12. The comment period for these giveaways will close on January 11 at 7pm EST. 

I am so excited Effie asked me to create with some of her beautiful stamps today! If you guys aren’t familiar with The Ton, make sure to check them out here. I’ve been a fan for awhile, but this is my first time using the stamps, and oh my gosh, I was not disappointed.

I decided the Today’s Cosmos stamp set needed to come live in my craft room forever. I’m a sucker for floral stamps, and even better if they’re large and fussy-cuttable (totally a thing, lol).

Immediately after receiving this stamp set in the mail, I stamped a bunch of the cosmos and leaves on some Bristol Smooth white cardstock with Versafine Onyx ink. I spent a little bit of time fussy cutting everything out. Since I wasn’t 100% sure if I would leave the flowers black and white or paint them, I started with the fussy cutting so I could decide later.

I printed my photo on an 8.5×11 piece of glossy photo paper. I have been loving this technique lately where I frame a large photo with cut files, die cuts, or stamped images!

After all of my images were cut out, I tested some coloring with my Zig markers on a few to see if I liked it better than the white/black. It’s safe to say that I did!

The coloring went fairly quick, and I love how the petals sort of curled up when the paper dried. I added some foam to some of the flowers to add even more dimension to the page.

I added one of the phrase stamps directly to my photo to serve as my title. I love how it’s tucked in to the flowers and just looks like it’s a part of the photo.

And here’s my final layout:

Next on the hop is Susan, make sure to stop by and see how she used some of these new release stamps!

Blog hop lineup:

The Ton (Heba)

Tazhiana Gordon

Marsha Farris

Me! *you are here!

Susan B.

Olga Matyushevskaya

Ilda Dias

Happy Hopping!

xo, Kira

My 2019 Crafty Resolutions

Happy New Year everyone! As I sit on my couch, watching football and contemplating my New Years resolutions, I thought it best to put them somewhere that would hold me (somewhat) accountable. Do you create any resolutions for yourself at the start of a new year?

Here’s what I’ve chosen for my goals for 2019:

1. Improve my drawing

I received an iPad Pro + Apple Pencil for Christmas 2017. I use it to create a monthly cut file for The Wild Hare Kits and occasional cut file for myself. And I practice drawing with it probably once or twice a month. But it’s not enough to really see much of an improvement. So this year I’d really like to make an effort to improve my drawing for reals.

2. Learn hand lettering

This was one of my failed goals from 2018 but I still very much want to learn. In 2018, I purchased some brush markers and lettering books and that’s about as far as I got with this goal.

3. Meet at least one crafty friend in person

I have a long list of crafty friends, some of whom I talk to regularly. So this year I’d really like to meet at least one in person.

4. Get journaling on layouts

For the most part, I’m pretty good about doing this but occasionally I’ll tell myself I’ll do it later and then I don’t. So I’m planning to go through all of my layouts, get journaling on any that are missing some and then…

5. Get layouts into albums

Right now, I have about 10% of my layouts in albums. The rest are in boxes. So this is the year I get them in albums.

6. Scrapbook my husband more

It’s kind of sad that I even have to make this a goal! My husband is my everything, yet, in my scrapbooking, he is overshadowed by my kids. I’m going to make an effort to photograph him more and get him onto my pages.

7. Learn a new hobby (perhaps weaving?)

I love learning new skills. I’ve tried a lot of craft hobbies. But it’s always fun to learn more. Weaving is what I’m thinking at the moment…but we will see if it changes throughout the year.

8. Experiment with new scrappy techniques

I love keeping up with the latest trends so if I see a technique that seems interesting, I’m going to make an effort to try it.

9. Blog more regularly

I imagine this one will be hard. I don’t have a huge readership so it’s difficult to want to blog for myself. But I’d really like to try.

10. Improve card making

I received so many card making supplies in 2018, that it seems silly not to work on this skill. Even if it means making just one card a month.

So what goals have you set for yourself? I’d love to hear!

-Kira

25 Days of Christmas Tags with Jillibean Soup

Hello friends! I’m back with a fun collaboration with Tracey McNeely and Jillibean Soup. Every year, Tracey puts together this super impressive collaboration with 25 different sponsors (seriously guys, I was floored when I scrolled thru her previous years posts). Head over to her blog for all the details on how to be entered in all of the giveaways.

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Anyway, here’s a look at the tag I created for today’s sponsor, Jillibean Soup:

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I haven’t snagged any of the new Christmas stamps and shakers yet. (Although I do have my eye on this set, and this one…and maybe this one too. Lol.) So my tag for today was created with all non-holiday themed products!

I started with one of the shaker tags, but cut it in half so I was using the non-shaker cut part.

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Then I used one of the leaf stamps included in the Jar Goodness set to create a wreath. I traced a washi tape roll, and stamped around the circle in two shades of green to create the wreath.

I decided the wreath needed “holly berries” to make it look more festive. So I used some jewels from the birthday mix as my berries.

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The banner die is from the Barn Door stamp/die set. I cut it on white cardstock and used some red ink to change its color. Then I used the letter stickers on the Miso Happy coordinating stickers to spell out the word “Joy”. I popped the entire banner up on foam and attached it to my tag base.

Since I brought in the color black with the letter stickers, I decided to add some black splatters as well. I used some black watercolors and a small brush to splatter.

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I finished off the card with some tiny jingle bells from my stash, along with a red ribbon bow. And that’s it! A Christmas tag with no Christmas products!

Make sure you head over to Tracey’s blog for even more inspiration and enter to win the giveaways!

xo, Kira

30 Days of Thankful Share: Days 8-14

I’m back again with another look at my 30 days of thankful album.  I have been able to keep up on it and, so far, haven’t fallen behind.  So here’s a look at my second week…

Day 8:  animal/pet

I deviated from my list much more this week, which is totally fine!  No rules in this, right?  So day 8 I documented our dog, Folsom.  A few weeks ago I found a few masses on Folsom, and I had a little momentary freak out that he was dying, like tomorrow.  But we took him to the vet, had some blood work done (which looked great) and decided we would just wait and watch the growths.  I know as a 12 year old Labrador, he doesn’t have years and years left with us.  So right now, I am just grateful for every second he is with us.

Day 9:  routine

As a stay at home to two littles, my day is FULL of routine.  Wake up, breakfast, cartoons, brush teeth, play, lunch…you get it.  And part of our weekly routine includes baking cookies.  Fish only lets us bake chocolate chip cookies, so I have the recipe almost memorized…he will soon too, I am sure.  But I love this little routine we have and it’s fun to have fresh baked cookies ready for daddy when he gets off work.

Day 10:  place

There’s no where I would rather be than home.  And home for us is wild kids and calm dogs.  I am grateful for it all.

Day 11:  food

Well, drink.  I decided to include my husband’s new hobby of beer brewing.  I bought him the equipment for Father’s Day and he has enjoyed the hobby so much.  I am grateful that he now has a hobby to occupy his free time, and it is something we can enjoy together.

Day 12:  work

My “work” is caring for my children and let’s be real, I talk about them way too much as it is.  But I rarely talk about the job that pays the bills, which is my husband’s job as a mail carrier.  There’s not much he likes about his job (which I totally get because I worked for the post office too and it’s pretty awful), but he has a couple “dog friends” on his route that I know really make his day.  I asked him for a picture of the new one.  This cute guy showed up a couple of weeks ago and seemed pretty scared of my husband, but my husband has slowly been building his trust and now the dog will happily accept his daily dog biscuit.  It’s the little things like this that make me smile and appreciate my husband’s job a bit more.

Day 13:  color

Fall is kind of non-existent in San Antonio.  It’s pretty warm until December and we don’t get the lovely falling leaves that change color.  It’s pretty green year round.  But I’m from the PNW, I like the color green.  So when Ellie handed me this green “flower”, I snapped a picture.  I am so grateful for these gifts my boys give me.

Day 14:  holiday

Fish is finally reaching an age where holidays are exciting and fun.  Halloween this year was especially fun.  It was the first year Fish picked out his own costume, and then chose a costume for Ellie that coordinated.  So trick or treating was a blast.  I loved making the costumes, and I loved seeing how excited Fish was to dress up and show off his new outfit.

So that’s it so far!  Have you been continuing in your album?  I’ll be back here in a week to share more of my album!  Thanks for stopping by!

-Kira

30 Days of Thankful Share

Well, week one of my 30 days of Thankful album is done. I’m loving the simple approach I decided to take this year and I’m happy to report, there hasn’t been any set backs so far. So let’s take a look at my album!

For my first page, I used a PL card from Citrus Twist and acrylic piece from Color Cast Designs. Then I used a label to stamp out the month and year of this album.

Day 1: spouse

I actually didn’t journal for this page. I feel like I owe my entire life to Chris. And maybe I should’ve written that on here. But there just seemed like so much I should thank him for, that I got the idea for a whole layout about it. And I thought that was pretty awesome, that this little project could spark something larger!

Day 2: kids/pets

As much as my kids drive me crazy sometimes, I am forever grateful that I get to be their mom. They’ve taught me compassion and patience and that your heart only grows larger with every passing year. I try to tell my kids all the time how lucky I am to be their mom, but sometimes it’s nice to have it in writing, right?

Day 3: home

We recently did some renovations on our house. And honestly, I’m grateful for that! I love that we live in a fixer upper that allows us the opportunity to put our stamp on it.

Day 4: quiet

My kids are both in this in between phase where sometimes they need naps, and sometimes they don’t. It’s really a toss up most days. But if my youngest needs a nap, he ends up crashing in the rocking chair and we declare “quiet time” in the house. My oldest can either take a nap, play quietly or play outside (weather permitting). And I just love this time of day. It’s when I can relax, catch up with friends, listen to a podcast and craft.

Day 5: hobby

No surprise that I’m so grateful for my hobbies, all of which are crafting related. I love this photo of my new giant pegboard and a clean desk, ready to be crafted on.

Day 6: friends

I was a total Facebook creeper for this page. I stole photos from the friends I could. But my bestie is sort of anti-sharing herself online. So I included a few screenshots from texts as well. I don’t know that I could accurately put into words how much these ladies mean to me, regardless of never having met them in person. And there’s so many more friends from Instagram that I didn’t include. Basically I’m grateful for the entire crafting community…YOU included!

Day 7: nature

This is the first day I deviated from the order of the prompt list…and that’s okay. I didn’t number the list for this very reason. I wanted to give myself the freedom to deviate.

I’m actually not a huge fan of being outdoors. But I love the river walk. And so do the kids. There’s all sorts of animals to see in the water including ducks, turtles and even snakes!! It’s a really fun walk to take the kids on and I don’t want to forget it if we end up moving away from San Antonio.

So there’s my first week! How’s your album coming along? I’d love to see! Tag me on Instagram if you use my prompts!

xo, Kira

Creating an Embroidered Pennant Embellishment

I made a page recently (it’ll be live on the 22nd) where I created an embroidered banner embellishment for my page. I became sort of obsessed with the layout and thought for a minute that ~maybe~ I needed to add embroidered banners to every layout. Lol. And although I’m not discounting the idea completely, I thought it might be fun to try different styles.

The first style I decided to experiment with is a sports pennant banner. And I thought I’d share how it came together.

First thing you’ll want to do is decide what you’d like on your banner. I kept mine simple and classic with my son’s name in a sort of “sporty” font. To turn this into a cut file I first typed his name into a word document. Using the word effects, I chose the effect that starts the word out large and tapers smaller. Then use the snipping tool to grab a screenshot of your word.

Once you have your screen shot, you’ll import it into your die cut machine software (I use Cricut design space) and size it however large you’d like it. Keep in mind that your banner will be about 1″ wider on the left and about 2″ wider on the right. I sized mine to 5.5″.

Instead of using the cut feature, you’ll use the draw feature. This will allow you to draw your pattern onto a piece of fabric. I use inexpensive muslin fabric for things like this. I grabbed about 4 yards on sale a month ago and use it for all sorts of little projects. But if you’re new to embroidery, I’d recommend a fabric that’s a little more stiff or adding some interfacing to a thin fabric.

Once your pattern is drawn on your fabric, you’ll start your embroidery. I kept mine super simple with a backstitch around the letters in a single color. But you could get as intricate as you’d like, a satin stitch would look amazing here!

After I stitched my son’s name, I needed to cut the pennant shape. This might sound odd, but I cut the shape out on vellum first. This way, I could lay it on top of the name and make sure the sizing was right. Then I cut around the vellum triangle.

To give it that handmade look, after cutting, I ran my fingernail around the edges of the pennant to fray the fabric. Then I took a piece of cardstock that was 1″ x 6″ and folded it in half, length wise. I added some adhesive to the inside of the folds to hold my fabric in place. This allowed me to machine stitch down the paper without worrying about the fabric moving out of place.

And you’re done! I used my November kit from The Wild Hare Kits to complete this layout about my son bringing me “flowers”.

I placed my banner vertically down the page, and made three clusters around the banner with the Whimsical flower die cuts included in my kit.

I’m definitely obsessing over how this turned out! And I hope you try this technique on your own pages! I know this won’t be the last time you see it from me!

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Background paper, Paige Evans floral die cut pack, Along the Way sticker sheet, Along the Way die cut ephemera

xo, Kira