Flourishes Challenge Card

10615-ksylvesterHi stamping friends 🙂 I am a huge fan of Christmas and New Year’s Eve, but I have to admit it’s a relief to have it all over and successful and be back in my stamp room! There’s a turkey dinner in the oven, Jeff is watching the Patriots’ game and I am coloring until my heart’s content…life is good 🙂

For today’s card I am using a Flourishes set called Winter Berries. This set is in my Christmas collection of stamps, but I am so over Christmas cards now, I decided to turn it into a “friendship” wreath card and turn the winter berries into blueberries.

Flourishes is going to be re-opening and I couldn’t be happier! They’re having a facebook challenge today for a chance to win their new release. Oh yeah, I’m playing along for that chance!

I colored my wreath with the following Copics: YG93, YG95, YG97, B93, B95, B99, outlined in a little Y21.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you find some time to do what makes you happiest today!

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!


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 🙂

Crafty Card Gallery Fall Themed Blog Hop


crafty-card-gallery-blog-hoWelcome to the Crafty Card Gallery Fall themed blog hop! Thanks so much for joining us!

We have 9 very talented card makers who have each designed a fall themed card.

If you’ve never done a hop before, it’s a group of bloggers that have joined together. You hop from blog to blog using the links in each post.

Be sure to visit each of the blogs and comment on the posts and follow their blogs. Some of the bloggers are giving away prizes – so you want to be sure to comment so you can be eligible to win.

You should have arrived from Jennifer Restivo’s blog

If you didn’t, please go back to the start so you can do the whole hop: http://craftycardgallery.blogspot.com/

Your next stop in the hop is: Tonya Tratham

Here’s the full list in case you get lost:

Jennifer Restivo

Kerin Sylvester (that’s me!)

Tonya Tratham

Shawnee Penkacik

Francine Clouden

Thia Gielow

Carla Blake

Beth McGee

Christina Sedor

For my fall themed card I used a long time favorite called Lovely as a Tree from Stampin’ Up!. I paired it with some DSP called Harvest Plaid by Echo Park Paper. I colored my leaves with Copics and fussy cut them to mount on Very Vanilla card stock. I added a little linen thread around my sentiment for a more rustic look.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I’m sure you’ll love the rest of the hop!

Your Next Stamp {Sketch Challenge #19}


DSC_0097Hey stamping friends! Today I’m playing along with the sketch challenge over on the Your Next Stamp blog. I love the fun & fresh designs from Your Next Stamp, so today I’m using their set called Sweet & Cool. I think this card will be perfect for the next summer birthday we celebrate!

I found some DSP I bought last summer from the Hello Again collection from Carta Bella. It has a neat textured effect and I thought the dots and color variation would be perfect for my popsicles. I colored my popsicles with the following Copics: RV10, RV11, RV13, RV17, YR000, YR00, YR01, YR02. The enamel dots are from  the Simon Says Stamp store.

I’m contemplating a big move…bringing my stamp room back up to the extra room upstairs. There is a lot of planning to be done before I can act on it, but getting the okay from my hubby was the biggest obstacle. He spent countless hours creating my basement stamp room, but one: I’m not a huge fan of being in the basement by myself, and two: there are daddy long legs down here in the summer! Time to go through the stash I’ve accumulated over the last 10 years of stamping and see if I can slim it down a bit! If anyone has got any tips for me or has seen cool stamp rooms I should check out online, please let me know! I’ll be looking for all the best ideas to create a space I’ll love.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Sparkle and Shine/Curtain Call/Retro Sketches


Hey stampers 🙂 Today I'm playing along with three challenges with one St. Patrick's Day card. I don't know that I've ever made a St. Patrick's Day card, but I spotted this stamp that I've had for years in my stash and wondered why I haven't used it before. Catchy greeting for sure!

I got my sketch from Retro Sketches:


And I got my theme from a new challenge called Sparkle and Shine, and also Curtain Call:



Thanks so much for stopping by!

Deconstructed Sketch #191


Hey stampers 🙂 For today's card I stopped by Jen's blog to check out her latest sketch challenge:


I was excited to give this one a try, because I got some fun new stamps from Your Next Stamp that I thought would work perfectly with this sketch. The set is called Silly Monsters. I also had the perfect DSP from Doodlebug Designs called Hip Hip Hooray, with monsters all over it. Ok, first of all, *woah* this card turned out way brighter than I planned lol! But hey, monsters aren't dull are they?!? I do have a certain little soon-to-be five year old nephew in mind for this card though : 

I colored in my monster with Copics, of course. Here are the colors I used:

Body: YG01, YG03, YG05, YG07

Eyes/Dots: Y13, Y15, Y17

Horns: BG10, BG11, BG13, BG18

Tongue: YR02, YR04, YR07

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Retro Sketch #103


For today's project I stopped by the Retro Sketches blog to see what's new this week. Ooh, a tag sketch, fun! 


Here are the supplies I used:

Stamps: Wild for Watermelong (Flourishes)

Copics: R20, R22, R24, YG000, YG01, YG03, YG07, E37, E74, E77

Paper: Real Red (SU!), XPressIt Blending Card, radom piece of DSP

Accessories: Crystal Effects, Silver Cord, Bling, Dimensionals (SU!), Stitched Circle Die (MFT Stamps), Circle Die (Spellbinders), Red Ribbon (LSS)

Thanks so much for stopping by today 🙂

Fusion Challenge #1


For today's card I'm playing along with the new challenge on the Fusion Card Challenge blog. This challenge has a cool twist, play with the sketch, the inspiration, or both! I started out trying to "fuse" both the sketch and inspiration together, but once I got started I had to stick to the sketch only. I spotted this cute little set I've had for years(??) and hadn't really used, and I knew I would build my card around it. 

Here's the challenge:


Here are the supplies I used for my card:

Stamps: Tiny Treats Birthday (Papertrey Ink), Teeny Tiny Wishes (SU!)

Paper: The Sweetest Thing (My Mind's Eye), Terra Cotta, Emerald Coast collections (Flourishes), So Saffron (SU!), XPressIt Blending Card

Copics: Y32, Y35, Y38 (Lion), BG10, BG11, BG13 (Elephant), YR23, YR24, YR27, E27 (Monkey)

Accessories: Daffodil Delight Satin Ribbon, Mini Safety Pin, Word Window Punch, 1-1/4" Punch, 1-3/8" Punch (all SU!)

Thanks so much for stopping by 🙂

The Card Concept – Design Team Member

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I have some very exciting news to share with you today! Lesley Croghan is starting a new challenge blog called The Card Concept, and she has invited me to be on the design team! The Card Concept will be a bi-weekly challenge blog, exploring different styles of card making. I will be one of the clean & layered designers. What is clean & layered you ask?

  • clean lines
  • lots of layers
  • designer papers/embossing
  • embellishments/accents
  • clean and fresh looking
  • some coloured images at times
  • white space

This is the perfect spot for me 🙂 I love clean looking cards, but have never been able to stop at one or two layers!! 

Here is an example of my clean and layered card style:


I am so thrilled to be part of this amazing team. Wait until you see the talent Lesley has gathered, and the spectrum of styles being represented! I hope you'll join us in our challenges, and explore your creative style!

Supplies used for my card:

Stamps: PI Owl Costume (My Favorite Things)

Paper: Reunion DSP (My Mind's Eye), Early Espresso (SU!), Emerald Coast Collection (Flourishes), XPressIt Blending Card


    Owl Costume/Hair: E33, E35, E37

    Tights: Y32, Y35, Y38

    Shoes: BG10, BG11, BG13

    Skin: E00, E31, E33 with a touch of R20 on her cheeks

Thanks so much for stopping by today!