Freshly Made Sketches #215

FMS215-kerin-sylvesterHi stamping friends 🙂 I’ve been able to spend the majority of the afternoon in my stamp room and I am one happy stamper right now! For this card I’m playing along with this week’s Freshly Made Sketches challenge:

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For this card I used the I Knead You set from MFT Stamps along with the matching die cut. Surprisingly, the DSP on this card is from a holiday paper pad I got last year called Keepin’ Cozy from Echo Park Paper. I should know by now to keep my holiday papers out all year, there are so many universal patterns in those pads! I colored my kitten in Copics: N0, N2, N4 and the yarn in B41, B45.

Thanks so much for stopping by (again)!

Retro Sketches #193

bebunni-christmas-kerin-sylHi stamping friends 🙂 Can you believe we’re less than 3 weeks away from Christmas?!? I’m trying to get my Christmas cards done and mailed, and today I got to add another to the pile thanks to the Retro Sketches Challenge for some inspiration and Crafter’s Companion for a super cute image to color! Here’s the sketch:


The image is from the Bebunni Christmas stamp set called Snowy Hugs. I just love this sweet image! The DSP is from the Festive Wonder 6×6 Paper Pad. The snowflakes came from the Festive Wonder Snowy Border Decorative Die on white cardstock with glitter added.  The image was stamped on Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth White Cardstock and colored with the following Spectrum Noir markers:

Scarf/Coat/Hat: CR8, CR11, DR5, DR7

Bunny Face, Snowman shadowing: IG1, IG2

Bird: TB1, TB2, TB3

Terra Cotta Pot: BG2, BG4, TN2, TN7

Bunny Ears: PP1, PP3, IG1, IG2

Snowman Nose: OR1, CR10

Boots: IG4, IG6, IG8, IG10

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Simple Christmas Tree Card

DSC_0092Hi stamping friends 🙂 Today I want to share with you a super simple Christmas Tree card. By now you all know I’m a huge fan of coloring and lots of layers, and often make cards that are not too quick. I find coloring so relaxing that I love taking time to make detailed cards. But, sometimes it is nice to have a super quick & easy card that you can whip up in a snap! And what better time to have a card like that than at Christmas?!?

This card is made with the Christmas Tree Cutout die from MFT Stamps and some of my favorite festive DSP. I added an embossed background, but that’s about the extent of detail on this card! You can make this in so many different designer papers and color combinations for an assortment of quick cards. Ooh, how about a nice gift set for someone?

Thanks so much for stopping by!

The Card Concept #45


Hi stamping friends 🙂 It’s time for a new challenge at The Card Concept, and this week we’ve got some colors for you to try, Navy & Cream:45My style is clean and layered and I was inspired by the snowflakes on the inspiration photo. I used the Sheena A Little Bit Festive Stamp Set – Christmas Bauble, along with my most favorite new product…have you seen the Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens? Oh my, shimmery goodness can be added to everything now 🙂 I mixed some of the Starry Sky Sparkle Pen (from the Winter Warmers Sparkle Pen set) with water and painted the ornament on Watercolour Cardstock. Check out that shimmer:


The background for my card is an embossing folder called Snow Flurry from the Festive Wonder Collection.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you’ll make some time to join us for this challenge, we always love to see what you create!


Santa Happy Holidays Box


Hi stamping friends 🙂 December is here and it’s time to share a fun project that can make a quick gift for so many people that you want to give a little something this holiday season. The kids can even help make these as teacher gifts! DSC_0077


Here are the supplies you’ll need:

Start with a piece of Candy Red Shimmering Cardstock measuring 3-3/4″ x 8-3/4″. Score it on the first line on the BOX LID side of the Ultimate Crafter’s Companion:


Cut small slits on the score lines as shown and assemble box bottom using very strong double sided tape


Next create the outer portion of the box using another piece of Candy Red Shimmering Cardstock, measuring 7-7/8″ x 8-1/8″, score on line 4 & 5 (on the BOX BASE side), then flip the cardstock and score on lines 4&5 on the other side of the cardstock, still using the BOX side of the tool as shown: box5

Wrap the outer portion of the box over the box and adhere with red liner tape.

Using a piece of black cardstock measuring 1-1/2″ x 8-1/4″, score on lines 4&5 on the BOX BASE side of the tool, flip and score on lines 4&5 again. It is the same exact scoring as you just did with the red cardstock.


Wrap around the outer box and adhere with red liner tape. box7

Here’s what the back of the box will look like:box8

Next using a strip of White Pearl Shimmering Cardstock 2″ wide, punch a 1-3/8″ square. I find using a strip is much easier than cutting the square the size you want and trying to center the punch perfectly! Once the square is punched out, simply cut the sides so that the outer square measures 2″. This square can be covered in liquid glue and glitter if desired, then adhered to the black strip.box9For the chocolates, print the words “happy holidays” and three symbols of your choice onto Avery 5160 address labels or equivalent as shown, and wrap each chocolate in a letter or symbol:

You can use different combinations of words to customize your project. box4

For the tag, simply print the sentiment of your choice onto white cardstock and cut out or use a die, then tie to the belt buckle with silver cord.
DSC_0077Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed today’s project!


Freshly Made Sketches #214

DSC_0082Hi stamping friends 🙂 For those of us in the US we’re wrapping up Thanksgiving week, and a busy one it’s been! I hope you had a wonderful holiday! I’m so happy to get some crafty time in to relax and rejuvenate before beginning another work week!

For today’s card I’m playing along with this week’s Freshly Made Sketches challenge:FMS Final 214-001I couldn’t resist using THIS cute little penguin again, this time with some snowballs. It was easy enough to remove his stick and marshmallows. I simply covered that portion of the stamp with a post-it note while inking up. Then I cut the matching diecut to fit the new shape. I colored the penguin in Copics: B21, B23, B66, N1, N2, N4, YR15, YR68, BG10.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Thanksgiving Favors

thanksgiving-favors-kerin-sHi stamping friends 🙂 For today’s project I have made favors for Thanksgiving. Each mini pillow box is filled with two Andes mints and two Dove peppermint bark chocolates. I thought you’d like know that so you can get an idea of just how small they are.

I used random fall colored designer paper with a pillow box die. The leaves are from the Crafter’s Companion set called Enchanted Doorway from the Sheena A Little Bit Magical collection, and they were stamped on Spectrum Aqua Watercolour Cardstock, then colored with Spectrum Aqua markers, water and a watercolor brush in Gold, Orange and Crimson.

This just may be the earliest I’ve ever had my Thanksgiving favors made! I hope the rest of the preparations go as smoothly! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

Turkey EOS Lip Balm Holder


Hi stamping friends 🙂 Today I have a super cute project to share with you! I came across THIS freebie this morning, and knew I HAD to make these for my little niece and nephews that are coming over for Thanksgiving. I love to make favors, but usually they include something minty and the kids aren’t big fans so these are perfect! They offer a cut file or printable and both are free today. I downloaded both but opted to use the printable on this project.

EOS lip balms are super hot right now and they come in lots of colors and flavors. I picked 3 that fit the turkey colors: Summer Fruit, Pomegranate Raspberry, and Tangerine. This printable is so easy to use, simply download it and print on to card stock, then cut to 4″ x 5-1/4″, then layer on chocolate brown 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″, then layer onto the backing 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″. Then use a 1-3/8″ circle die to cut out the “bellies” for the lip balm. You will need to go over it twice to cut through three layers (at least I did). Then open the lip balm, slide it into the cut out circle made by the die and re-close! I added some 7 mm googly eyes to finish it off.

Thanks for stopping by 🙂

Crafter’s Companion – Lily

lily-wm-kerin-sylvesterHi stamping friends 🙂 I know it’s getting pretty chilly outside (at least it is here in the Northeast!), and next week is Thanksgiving, so I thought it was time to create a card that would remind us of warmer weather with Sheena’s A Little Bit Floral – Lily set from Crafter’s Companion.

I love floral designs any time of year and this one was so much fun to color with Spectrum Aqua markers in Scarlet, Red Violet, Moss, and Sepia on Spectrum Aqua Watercolour Cardstock. The textured background is the Die’sire Embossalicious Flower Power 8×8″ embossing folder. I love the deep embossing these folders create!

I created the sentiment on my computer with a fun font that I felt fit the design of the card.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you find some time to get crafty during this busy time of year 🙂








The Card Concept #44

TCC44-kerin-sylvesterHi stamping friends 🙂 It’s time for a new challenge at The Card Concept, and I am loving this week’s inspiration photo…wouldn’t it be dreamy to live in this home?!?! :

44My style is clean and layered. I was inspired by the overall picturesque scene, although the scene that usually happens at my house is more typical of how my card looks, one exhausted mom! There is LOTS of paper-piecing in the card if you look closely, and I colored the rest with Copics. The stamp set is retired from MFT Stamps called Merry Christmas.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you have time to join us this week, we love to see your creations!